India : Karnataka Integrated and Sustainable Water Resources Management Investment Program - Tranche 2
The investment program will improve water availability in selected river basins in Karnataka by implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM). Output 1 of Project 2 will: (i) prepare the middle Krishna Basin Plan; (ii) expand the state water resources information system; and (iii) continue strengthening WRD staff with IWRM training. Output 2 will modernize the Vijayanagara Channels subproject to: (i) reduce irrigation water consumption; and (ii) improve water delivery service to allow farmers to increase cropping intensities. Under Output 2, the project will also establish and strengthen 30 water user cooperative societies and provide gender sensitization training to WRD staff and WUCS.
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|Project Name||Karnataka Integrated and Sustainable Water Resources Management Investment Program - Tranche 2|
|Country / Economy||India
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Operational Priorities||OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Irrigation - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development - Water-based natural resources management
|Gender||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The investment program will improve water availability in selected river basins in Karnataka by implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM). Output 1 of Project 2 will: (i) prepare the middle Krishna Basin Plan; (ii) expand the state water resources information system; and (iii) continue strengthening WRD staff with IWRM training. Output 2 will modernize the Vijayanagara Channels subproject to: (i) reduce irrigation water consumption; and (ii) improve water delivery service to allow farmers to increase cropping intensities. Under Output 2, the project will also establish and strengthen 30 water user cooperative societies and provide gender sensitization training to WRD staff and WUCS.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
(i) Sustainable water security in selected river basins in Karnataka improved; and (ii) Water use efficiency in irrigated agriculture improved
|Description of Outcome||
IWRM successfully implemented in selected river basins in Karnataka
|Progress Toward Outcome||Project declared effective on 24 January 2020. Activities are ongoing but work progress has slowed down due to COVID-19 pandemic.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
State and basin institutions for integrated water resources management strengthened
VNC irrigation system infrastructure and management modernized
Program management systems operational
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
1a. Draft River Basin Profile of Middle Krishna (K2) and Ghataprabha (K3), Malaprabha (K4) sub-basins are prepared.
1b. 286 WRD engineers are trained in IWRM of which 115 are women.
1c. Karnataka Water Resources Information System (KWRIS) is developed and hosted in State Data Centre. New DSS modules such as Surface water Module, Groundwater module, Remote Sensing Toolbox, WUCS are developed.
Project MIS in place, and data updated from time to time.
Two workshops were held for KNNL staff on gender concepts, women mainstreaming and water resource management principles.
Six (6) trainings conducted for WUCS members on GESI concept and mainstreaming women, women in irrigation management, and principles of water resource management.
2a. Tranche 2 VNC is being implemented in two packages:
Package-1: Civil works (excluding works in Tungabhadra Otter Conservation Reserve and Hampi World Heritage Area) at an estimated cost of INR 3,739 million are under progress. A total of 70.84 km of lining work along main canals out of 196.54 km (36%) and 263 structures out of 1042 (25%) are completed.
Package-2: The evaluation of technical bids is under progress.
Correspondence between NBWL and State Forest Department is on-going for Package 2 works. Approval has been received from Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority (HWHAMA) for activities to be undertaken in Hampi Heritage Area.
2b. Asset management plan preparation and implementation has been envisaged through the T2 PSC 2 (for balance period) which is under recruitment.
2c. Achieved registration of 15 WUCS on the VNC and subsequent conduct of elections.
51 women sub-committees formed with 812 members. A total of 326 training events covering 4717 female participants are trained. As part of capacity building programs, a total of 550 events (trainings, exposure visits, field days, demonstrations, etc.) have been conducted (no target) covering a total of 9588 participants.
2d. 6 trainings conducted for WUCS members on GESI concept and mainstreaming women, women in irrigation management, and principles of water resource management (Total: 152; M: 4; F: 148).
2e. Two workshops held for KNNL staff on gender concepts, women mainstreaming and water resource management principles.
3a. Project outputs delivered on time and within budget from time to time.
3b. Project MIS in place, and data updated from time to time. In addition, a user-friendly app to monitor the modernization (civil) works was developed and is under use by KNNL engineers.
3c. QPRs and SMRs are being submitted by the EA. Sex-disaggregated data being collected and compiled for reporting for all events.
3d. The PPR of Comprehensive Modernization of TLBC has been submitted by KNNL to Govt. of Karnataka in Q2 2022.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project is classified category A for environmental impact in accordance with the SPS. The category A classification is triggered for two reasons. First, works will be undertaken within the Tungabhadra Otter Conservation Reserve and Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, which are considered critical habitats. Secondly, ADB's environmental safeguards policy principle no. 11 is triggered by the rehabilitation of several canals within the Hampi World Heritage Area.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project will avoid involuntary resettlement impacts on both titled and non-title holders (squatters and encroachers) residing in the project area.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The SPS indigenous peoples safeguard is not triggered even though project screening confirms the presence of different ethnic groups in the project footprint.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
The contract of Program Support Consultant (Tranche 1) was initially continued to support the PMU and PIO in implementing Project 2 through a contract amendment due to delay in recruitment of Project Support Consultant (PSC 2). The contract of PSC 2 (Part A) was completed on 31 December 2021.
The PSC 2 (Part B) contract was signed on 30 June 2022 and the consultant is on board since 01 July 2022.
Two international and nine national consultants have been engaged by ACIWRM and one national consultant has been engaged by KNNL. ACIWRM is in the process of recruiting remaining international and national consultants to support output 1 on institutional strengthening for integrated water resources management.
The government requested that the procurement of goods and works follow ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time). An updated procurement capacity assessment concluded that the overall procurement risk for the project is moderate. The first (Pkg- VNC 1) of two works packages under Tranche 2 was awarded on 8 March 2019.
The second civil works package VNC 2 was signed on 2 March 2023, with 24 month contract period.
MOUs of 115 VNC-CPP Command Area Works (CAD) were signed and the remaining 483 are under process.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Michels, Alexia|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||India Resident Mission (INRM)|
Advanced Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management
Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited
|MRM||12 Jul 2019|
|Approval||04 Oct 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||30 Jun 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|04 Oct 2019||18 Nov 2019||24 Jan 2020||31 Mar 2024||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||130.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||91.00||24 Nov 2023||58.79||0.00||68%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||24 Nov 2023||28.17||0.00||33%|
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|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Modernization of Vijayanagara Channels Package-2 Works in Tungabhadra Otter Conserve Reserve and Hampi Heritage Area||Loan 3836||21 Mar 2023||M/s Shreeji Infraspace Pvt. Ltd. | 104/105 Saumya Square, Nr. Goverdhan Party Plot, Opp. R. H. Kapadia School, Thaltej, Ahmedabad - 380059, Gujarat||Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited||18,717,617.64||14,532,882.38|
|ACIWRM- Implementation of Land and Water Pilot Studies - Support Organization||Loan 3836||14 Jul 2022||Janakalyan | Shantinagar, RH Colony No. 4, Post-Jawalagera, Sindhanur, District Raichur, Karnataka- 584143||Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited||228,990.43||155,188.64|
|ACIWRM Implementation of Land and Water Pilot Studies - Technical Support Agency (TSA)||Loan 3836||04 Jul 2022||Kritsnam Technologies Private Limited JV with Clear Water Dynamics Private Limited | A Block, First Floor, Old SAC, IIT Kanpur, Kanpur- 208016||Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited||300,930.90||204,319.03|
|Project Support Consultants (PSC 2)||Loan 3836||14 Jul 2022||Egis EAU JV with Egis India Consulting Engineers Pvt. Ltd. | Egis Tower, Plot No. 80, Sector-32, Gurgaon- 122001, Haryana||Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited||4,284,491.13||2,918,898.84|
|SMEC CONTRACT EXTENSION AS PROJ SUPPORT CONSULTANT FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF TRANCHE 2 IMPLEMENTATION (JAN 2020-DEC 2020; JAN-JUN 2021; JUL-OCT 2021)||Loan 3836||06 Sep 2021||M/S SMEC INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD IN ASSOCIATION WITH M/S SMEC INDIA PVT LTD | 220-226 SHARP STREET COOMA NSW-2630 AUSTRALIA||Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited||1,305,964.50||889,630.93|
|SMEC CONTRACT EXTENSION AS PROJ SUPPORT CONSULTANT FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF TRANCH2 2 IMPLEMENTATION (JAN 2020-DEC 2020)||Loan 3836||25 Aug 2020||M/S SMEC INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD IN ASSOCIATION | 220-226, SHARP STREET COOMA NSW-2630 AUSTRALIA||Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited||1,290,536.79||901,424.11|
|MODERNIZATION OF VIJAYANAGARA CHANNELS (PACKAGE 1) KARNATAKA, INDIA (EXCLUDING OTTER CONSERVATION AND HAMPI HERITAGE AREAS)||Loan 3836||06 Feb 2020||RNS INFRASTRUCTURE LTD. | BENGALURU INDIA||Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited||51,898,659.26||36,912,414.01|
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Karnataka Integrated and Sustainable Water Resources Management Investment Program – Tranche 2: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||May 2023|