The ensuing project impact will be an improved urban environment, public health and quality of life. In order to achieve the desired impact, GoA plans to invest in urban infrastructure. The outcome of the ensuing project will be improved urban services at the standards set by the Government.
Output 1: An Assam statewide urban sector development roadmap for 2011-2020 prepared, containing:
(i) Current status of urban service delivery in Assam with sex-disaggregated baseline data.
(ii) The strategic directions for the sector and service, with a distinct section on ensuring access of the poor, women, and other disadvantaged groups.
(iii) The assessment on the extent to which limited urban service delivery is a binding constraint on growth, poverty reduction, gender and development, and balanced growth.
(iv) The assessment of the binding constraints on efficient and equitable delivery of urban services, highlighting the main investment and non-investment (such as legal and capacity) bottlenecks, risks, and mitigation measures.
(v) The list of success factors for achieving higher efficiency and economy in service delivery in the context of Assam as well as in India, including the collection of best practices in ensuring service delivery to the poor, women, and other disadvantaged groups.
(vi) Detailed assessments of physical and nonphysical (such as legal and capacity) investments requirements and plans.
(vii) Assessment of the strategic, legal, and regulatory framework for urban development in Assam, including the extent to which they are socially inclusive and gender-responsive.
Output 2: An investment program prepared, which shows a set of reform and capacity building activities and projects that are eligible for financing under a MFF over time. This will contain:
(i) Details of statewide and urban local bodies (ULB) reforms, e.g., ensuring a gender balance in the composition of the bodies and ensuring women's participation in decision making, among others, required to make urban development efficient.
(ii) Details of statewide and ULB reforms required to make physical investment meaningful and sustainable.
(iii) Details of reforms required to improve institutional and financial governance as a result of an organizational diagnostics of the Government of Assam, which includes an assessment of how social inclusion and gender-sensitivity is reflected in the government's structure and composition, existing mechanisms, capacity and accountability of staff and officials to deliver on social- and gender-results, and even a gender analysis of its budget.
(iv) Detailed terms of reference (TOR) for capacity building programs that include trainings on mainstreaming social and gender concerns into the programs of government, and a long-list of training providers.
(v) Sector-wide economic, financial, social, gender and poverty analysis as well as safeguards framework.
(vi) Updated city development plan (CDP) of Guwahati, with a distinct section that addresses poverty, social, and gender issues; and updated needs assessment for Dibrugarh.
Output 3: Technical and financial information on water supply and sewerage system in Tranche 1 towns prepared, based on which the consultants under the loan will (i) assess the cost recovery requirements and financial sustainability of the water supply sub project for Guwahati with consideration of the (lack of) capacity to pay users fees by some target beneficiaries such as the poor, women heads of households, and other disadvantaged groups; (ii) formulate an agenda for policy dialogue in the water and sanitation sector, and transport sector that incorporates the special needs and concerns of the poor women, and other disadvantaged groups in accessing these services; and (iii) assess the option for introducing management contractors for operating and managing the water supply and sewerage in Guwahati.
Output 4: Subproject Appraisal Reports (SAR) prepared for Tranche 1 financing, which are based on the readily available DPRs. SARs will have updated cost figures, and incorporates findings of other available studies. This will contain project specific economic and financial analysis as well as safeguards documents in accordance with the ADB's safeguard policy (2009).
Output 5: Management contract templates prepared for water supply and sewerage based on successful cases in India.
Output 6: A guide prepared for introducing eco-friendly, women-friendly and energy efficient equipments and facilities in the design of the sub-projects, such as light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, energy-efficient pumps, thermo insulator and rooftop plantation, and reuse of treated sewage, etc. This will contain:
(i) Detailed descriptions of the items with photos or illustrations, indicating where such equipment and designs have been used in Asia.
(ii) A long-list of national and international suppliers or qualified contractors, with the advertized prices.
(iii) Assessment on the impact of such equipment and designs on operation and maintenance (O&M) costs, based on the experiences across the world.
(iv) Assessment of financial advantage (sum of capital and O&M costs for the same output for a given period) by comparing the conventional and the eco-friendly equipments and design.