India: Advanced Project Preparedness for Poverty Reduction- Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening for the Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Program (Subproject 15)

Sovereign Project | 43166-201 Status: Closed

Summary

The impact of the CDTA will be sustainable and replicable institutional structure made operational for developing and operating urban infrastructure in Assam. The expected outcome is enhanced capability of urban local bodies to undertake projects and provide urban services. This CDTA aims to provide a measure of support and institutional ability to the implementing agencies of the multitranche financing facility for Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Program for the Government of Assam.

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Project Name Advanced Project Preparedness for Poverty Reduction- Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening for the Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Program (Subproject 15)
Project Number 43166-201
Country India
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The impact of the CDTA will be sustainable and replicable institutional structure made operational for developing and operating urban infrastructure in Assam. The expected outcome is enhanced capability of urban local bodies to undertake projects and provide urban services. This CDTA aims to provide a measure of support and institutional ability to the implementing agencies of the multitranche financing facility for Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Program for the Government of Assam.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The CDTA aims to provide a measure of support and institutional ability to the implementing agencies, particularly in the capacity development and institutional strengthening program for urban infrastructure undertaken by the Government of Assam. The broad areas that the CDTA would address include (i) capacity building on improvement of municipal services as a part of establishing the Guwahati Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (GMWSSB); (ii) creation of Management Information System; (iii) facilitating PPP and outsourcing in the context of project components; and (iv) development of Strategic Direction Note, that is City Sanitation Plan, focusing on septage management plan.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Outcome: Enhanced capability of ULBs to undertake projects and provide urban services

Progress: The TA Letter of Agreement was signed by the Government in December 2011. The consulting firm was hired in December 2012. Based on discussion between ADB and EA, the terms of reference of the consultant was revised in view of the latest status of sector reforms in Assam.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The Inception Report was already submitted by the consultants in February 2013 outlining the activities to achieve the key outputs as per the revised terms of reference. The five key outputs of the consulting firm are as follows:

Output 1. Capacity Building on improvement of municipal services as a part of establishing Guwahati Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Drainage Board (GMWSSB)

Output 2. Creation of a Knowledge Centre for disseminating sector related information and safeguards compliance

Output 3. PPPs and outsourcing in the context of project components

Output 4. Management Information System to monitor the project operating and maintenance post construction

Output 5. Development of a strategic direction note, that is City Sanitation Plan, focusing on septage management (Septage Management Plan for Guwahati)

Subsequently, during the last review mission, further details on TA implementation was discussed with the consulting team and variations were agreed to facilitate and improve the outputs. The interim report is currently prepared by the consultant.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation with stakeholders were undertaken in parallel with the multitranche financing facility program for Assam Urban Development Investment Program.
During Project Implementation The state government through the Guwahati Development Department (GDD) will be the executing agency. The program management unit (PMU) under Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Program will supervise, monitor, and review the outputs of the TA, in collaboration with ADB. In case preparation of the outputs requires the state government's policy direction, the PMU will seek decisions and strategic guidance from the Oversight body of the proposed investment program.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB engaged a consulting firm to undertake the TA's activities.
Procurement All procurement will be done in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Disbursements under the TA will be done in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time). ADB will engage a consulting firm through quality- and cost-based selection using bio-data technical proposals.
Responsible ADB Officer Vijay Padmanabhan
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Guwahati Development Department
Secretary, Government of Assam
Civil Secretariat, Dispur-Guwahati
781006 India
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 23 May 2011 to 07 Jun 2011
MRM -
Approval 07 Sep 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Oct 2013

TA 7867-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Sep 2011 20 Dec 2011 20 Dec 2011 31 Dec 2013 30 Nov 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 07 Sep 2011 448,047.66

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