China, People's Republic of: Xinjiang Altay Urban Infrastructure and Environment Improvement Project

Sovereign Project | 43024-012

Summary

The proposed Project aims at adopting an integrated approach to infrastructure construction and ecosystem rehabilitation. The Government proposal for ADB financing consists of five areas: (i) road construction, (ii) water supply and drainage, (iii) centralized heating, (iv) ecological environmental improvement, and (v) garbage treatment. The Project focuses on inclusive economic development and environmental sustainability by providing better infrastructure and municipal services in XUAR following other urban development projects. It also brings possible challenges for counterpart funding and capacity building. The Project covers six counties and towns in the remote Altay Prefecture, namely Buerjin County, Fuhai County, Habahe County, Fuyun County, Qinghe County, and Jimunai County. Existing infrastructure and services cannot meet increasing urban demands in these areas. Utilities either do not exist or are old, fragile, and inadequate resulting in poor standards and frequent service failure.

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Project Name Xinjiang Altay Urban Infrastructure and Environment Improvement Project
Project Number 43024-012
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7323-PRC: Xinjiang Altay Urban Infrastructure and Environment Improvement Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Energy - Energy utility services
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The proposed Project aims at adopting an integrated approach to infrastructure construction and ecosystem rehabilitation. The Government proposal for ADB financing consists of five areas: (i) road construction, (ii) water supply and drainage, (iii) centralized heating, (iv) ecological environmental improvement, and (v) garbage treatment. The Project focuses on inclusive economic development and environmental sustainability by providing better infrastructure and municipal services in XUAR following other urban development projects. It also brings possible challenges for counterpart funding and capacity building. The Project covers six counties and towns in the remote Altay Prefecture, namely Buerjin County, Fuhai County, Habahe County, Fuyun County, Qinghe County, and Jimunai County. Existing infrastructure and services cannot meet increasing urban demands in these areas. Utilities either do not exist or are old, fragile, and inadequate resulting in poor standards and frequent service failure. Ecological improvements are needed to restrict desertification, lessen the impact of climatic extremes, and improve public amenities. Investment needs far exceed municipal government allocations that are responsible for capital investment and operation and maintenance of these services.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Project is consistent with the Asian Development Bank's (ADB's) Urban Sector Strategy (1999) and water policy which supports urban sector investments as a dynamic engine of economic growth and employment creation, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Project supports the ADB-initiated CAREC program. The Project is designed to remove infrastructure constraints, address environmental concerns, promote sustainable economic growth, and support policy and institutional reforms in Altay Prefecture, and is consistent with the PRC?s development priorities for the poor western region. It will also have a demonstration effect for other similar counties, towns, and areas with tourism potential on how to plan and manage sustainable infrastructure development while protecting the environment to support growth.
Impact Improved infrastructure facilities to promote inclusive growth, improved access for urban residents to municipal services, and upgraded urban environment in the counties and towns in Altay Prefecture
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome A project design which is developed in compliance with the policy requirements of both ADB and the Government suitable for ADB lending support
Progress Toward Outcome TA completed. The investment loan is for approval in 2nd quarter of 2011.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Comprehensive project feasibility study in the consultant's final report

2. Summary environmental impact assessment to be prepared in conformity with ADB's safeguard policy as an appendix to the consultant's final report

3. Resettlement plan for the Project as an appendix to the consultant's final report

4. Ethnic minority plan for the Project as an appendix to the consultant's final report

5. Knowledge product on good practice and/or policy note.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Completed.
Geographical Location Buerjin County, Fuhai County, Habahe County, Takeshi Port, and Jimunai Port
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples A
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services 57 pm of international and 57 of national consultants.
Responsible ADB Officer Huang Jingmin
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous RegionMr. Li XiangqunPlanning & Budget Div.,Construction Bur.
No. 462 Zhongshan Road, Urumqi
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, PRC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 05 Jun 2009
Fact Finding 08 Jun 2009 to 24 Jun 2009
MRM -
Approval 03 Aug 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 30 Apr 2009
Last PDS Update 17 Aug 2011

TA 7323-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Aug 2009 26 Aug 2009 26 Aug 2009 15 Sep 2010 30 Jun 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 03 Aug 2009 774,018.28

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