The CDTA addresses two sub-sectors Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) and Urban Transport (UT). Outdated infrastructure and policy and regulatory framework, weak institutional capacity including absence of up to date management tools, and the lack of sustainable financing constitute the set of problems that government addresses with the support of IFIs and bilateral donors including ADB. Addressing these needs in a systemic manner provides the opportunity to improve the access to and quality of urban services in WSS and UT sub sectors with multiple social, economic and environmental benefits.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Interim Operational Strategy for Georgia (2008-2009) was developed in line with the government's agenda, and identified development of the country's municipal infrastructure as a key contributor to sustainable economic growth, with the crosscutting themes of governance, regional cooperation, and environmental sustainability. Through improving capacity of the beneficiary agencies (UWSCG and MORDI) in taking informed decisions in planning, and operation and maintenance of the WSS and UT infrastructure assets the CDTA contributes to significant improvement in the thematic area of governance. Improving services through better planning and operation and maintenance using the GIS-based management systems enables socio-economic benefits to the utility customers and users of urban transport infrastructure. Utilizing potential of energy savings in operating WSS assets and reduction of emissions - the benefits that can be derived through relevant application of the products created through CDTA - will contribute to maximizing environmental benefits of the project.
The CDTA provides a valuable contribution to implementing the vision and objectives of current WSS and UT sector development strategies and road maps. In particular:
1). For WSS sub sector - an advanced planning tool as the output of the CDTA contributes to:
- Addressing the technical sustainability challenge as a part of the vision and objectives of the Urban WSS Sector Development Plan (the sector development strategy document adopted by the government). This will be achieved through ensuring implementation of asset management and strengthening programs for better operation and maintenance of WSS infrastructure leading to efficient service delivery (task under Objective (i) Technical Sustainability and Environmental Protection).
- Improving sector governance through efficient financial management, operational and commercial efficiency of service utilities (task under Objective (ii) Institutional and Financial Sustainability).
2). For UT sub sector - an advanced planning tool as the output of the CDTA contributes to:
- improving access to businesses and communities, attract investments, and enable citizens to tap economic and social opportunities (the vision of the Road Map document).
- Completing the road network in urban areas. A coherent, efficient time saving road network, decreasing congestion and urban barrier effects, and sustaining economic and tourism development (Goal 1 of the Road Map objectives).
- Promoting a sustainable development of road network operation. Improvement in traffic management, quality of service and organization of its maintenance, will allow for maintaining proper quality of road networks (Goal 2 of the Road Map objectives).
- Improving public transport quality of service including an easy to use strategy for public transport and solutions to promote intermodality and maximize the benefits of an integrated transport network (Goal 4 of the Road Map objectives).
- Improving quality of life in urban areas through promoting non-motorized transport uses (Goal 5 of the Road Map objectives).
Through creating a modern technical tool broadly used internationally, the CDTA addresses in full the technological gap in managing, budgeting, operation and maintenance of WSS and UT infrastructure and services. GIS-based asset management systems for WSS and UT and government staff trained to apply the system in daily practice - created as the outcome of the project - provides an up to date technical and professional capacity to take informed decisions in planning, managing, and operation and maintenance of the assets in the most efficient and economical way.