India : Advanced Project Preparedness for Poverty Reduction - Capacity Development of Bihar Power Sector Entities (Subproject 4)

Sovereign Project | 43166-052

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Jeffries, Andrew
    South Asia Department
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  • Country/Economy
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Energy

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Project Name Advanced Project Preparedness for Poverty Reduction - Capacity Development of Bihar Power Sector Entities (Subproject 4)
Project Number 43166-052
Country / Economy India
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7478-IND: Advanced Project Preparedness for Poverty Reduction - Capacity Development of Bihar Power Sector Entities (Subproject 4)
Technical Assistance Grant Fund (UKG) US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution - Energy sector development and institutional reform

Information and communication technology / ICT industries and ICT-enabled services

Gender No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy India's 11th Five Year Plan (FYP) views GDP growth not as an end in itself but as a means to reducing poverty. The 11th FYP emphasizes infrastructure development as one of the keys to promoting broad-based economic growth. ADB's strategy is closely aligned with India's strategy as outlined in the 11th FYP, including continued focus on infrastructure development, which includes energy and power sector infrastructure. Furthermore, ADB's strategy includes continued focus on lagging states; Bihar among them. As an adequate electric power supply is essential for sustainable economic growth, and such growth is co-related to poverty reduction, improved sector permance from this TA can benefit poverty reduction in India.

Improved energy efficiency and management of Bihar electricity sector

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Enhanced capacity of Bihar Power Sector Agencies (BERC and BSEB) to fulfill their mandates and carry out their functions in an efficient manner

Progress Toward Outcome

BERC officials attended a training course on Environmental and Energy Security Challenges and the Impact on Climate Change in Washington D.C., USA.

Furniture and equipment were also purchased to carry out implementation activities for the TA.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Output 1: (i) Organized PMU with defined roles and exposure to ADB project preparatory and implementation matters; (ii) Completed updated cost estimates and modified/finalized financial economic analysis in line with ADB requirements; (iii) Environmental assesment report and a social safeguards plan in relation to the project; (iv) Completed bidding documents; (v) Training and basic computerization to address immediate needs in transmission and distribution systems, planning and operations, and in billing and management information systems; (vi) Complete needs assessment and future training plan for BSEB personnel in transmission and distribution systems planning and operations and for longer term management information systems.

Output 2: (i) A reporting framework for the power sector entities including draft reports and formats to ensure efficient analysis and decision making; (ii) A complete needs assessment and future training plan, including management information systems.

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

Capacity development activities to prepare BSEB's PMU for the ADB Loan (Loan 2681-IND: Bihar Power System Improvement Project) have been completed. In addition to various training and capacity building activities, this also involved the purchase of computer and office equipment for the PMU. One outstanding item is the preparation of a needs assessment for financial management and other training to be conducted under the loan. This assessment is in process. For Output 2, the training program is complete.

The main objective of Output 1 is to develop capacity in BSEB through assistance and training of the PMU on loan processing and implementation activities, and to provide computerization in order to maximize effectiveness of the ADB loan. The PMU has been equipped with computers and Microsoft office software. However, the staff lack basic training in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, which inhibits the effectiveness of the computerization effort. Skills in this office software are required for the report preparation and other activities associated with loan implementation, thus, a computer training program was also conducted for the BSEB staff.

Geographical Location
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 The TA will require the services of 1 international consultant for 3 person-months and 2 domestic consultants for 6 person-months, for a total of 9 person-months. The international consulting team will include an international energy efficiency and loss reduction specialist, local environmental safeguard specialist and a local social safeguard specialist. ADB will recruit the consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). All three consultants will be recruited individually.
Responsible ADB Officer Jeffries, Andrew
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission
Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB)
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 14 Jan 2009 to 27 Jan 2009
Approval 20 Nov 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 02 Feb 2010
Last PDS Update 20 Jul 2011

TA 7478-IND

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Nov 2009 23 Feb 2010 23 Feb 2010 30 Nov 2010 30 Nov 2011 15 Jun 2012
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 500,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00 17 Jun 2022 314,707.70

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