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India: Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 44429-013 Status: Active

ADB and the Government of India are working together to reduce flood risks and improve the distribution of water for irrigation in the Cauvery Delta of the state of Tamil Nadu. The Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project aims to protect coastal districts from cyclones and flooding that is being made worse by climate change. The project is upgrading infrastructure and resectioning and strengthening embankments of six main channels totaling 235 kilometers. More robust flood control structures will reduce the frequency and impact of flooding. Thirteen pump stations are also being upgraded. The management systems of the Water Resources Department will also be strengthened, with greater participation by stakeholders in the planning and delivery of water services, better assessment of water resources, development of a decision support system, and training of officers.

Project Details

Project Officer
Suzanne Marsh South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • India
Modality
  • Loan
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project
Project Number 44429-013
Country India
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3394-IND: Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 100.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development - Irrigation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description ADB and the Government of India are working together to reduce flood risks and improve the distribution of water for irrigation in the Cauvery Delta of the state of Tamil Nadu. The Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project aims to protect coastal districts from cyclones and flooding that is being made worse by climate change. The project is upgrading infrastructure and resectioning and strengthening embankments of six main channels totaling 235 kilometers. More robust flood control structures will reduce the frequency and impact of flooding. Thirteen pump stations are also being upgraded. The management systems of the Water Resources Department will also be strengthened, with greater participation by stakeholders in the planning and delivery of water services, better assessment of water resources, development of a decision support system, and training of officers.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Tamil Nadu is one of the most water-stressed states in India, with a per capita availability of water resources of 900 cubic meters per year (m3/year) compared with a national average of 1,545 m3/year and a water stress threshold of 1,700 m3/year. About 90% of surface water of the Cauvery river basin is used in irrigation. The irrigated area is approximately 640,000 ha of which 564,000 ha is in the Cauvery delta. The delta's population of around 4.8 million heavily relies on farming and fishing. Communities in the Cauvery delta are vulnerable to a number of water resources development issues that impact livelihoods, agricultural productivity, and food security.

The sharing of Cauvery waters among the states has been disputed since the 1890s, and in February 2013, the Supreme Court of India upheld the water allocation decision that the Cauvery Waters Dispute Tribunal had made in 2007. Despite high levels of water stress, recurrent flooding, and increasing risks of climate change, the long-standing dispute prevented investments toward improving the irrigation and drainage systems in the delta beyond essential maintenance. Therefore, the irrigation and drainage systems are dilapidated and unable to effectively convey irrigation and floodwaters. This led to inequitable distribution of irrigation water, with upstream farmers benefiting, and increased flooding due to overtopping or breaching of embankments. Some of the tail-end areas no longer have access to irrigation water. Malfunctioning tail-end regulators led to seawater ingress along channels. In the lower reaches of the delta, the availability of fresh groundwater is limited as a result of variable recharge and saline aquifers.

Impact

(i) Coastal districts are protected from cyclones and flooding exacerbated by climate change (Vision Tamil Nadu, 2023)

(ii) Innovative and inclusive economic growth, including agricultural growth, in Tamil Nadu is accelerated (Twelfth Five Year Plan, 2012 2017)

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Climate-resilient water management in the Vennar System improved
Progress Toward Outcome Too early to assess; loan became effective on 2 September 2016.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Flood risk management and irrigation infrastructure upgraded

Improved water and flood risk management systems established

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

All contracts awarded and works are underway for infrastructure improvements and reconstruction on six rivers, namely Vellaiyar, Pandavaiyar, Harichandranathi, Adappar, Valavanar, V. Canal & Uppanar.

Four new tail end regulators under construction, 6 regulators reconstructed and 9 regulators replaced rehabilitated, and 128 head sluices upgraded.

Eleven irrigation pumping schemes rehabilitated, minor works to complete.

Channel Stakeholder Groups have been established and meetings are to be scheduled in Q3-Q4 2018. To date, 133 WRD staff have been trained on improved water resource management, of which 18 are women.

Topography surveys of the remainder of the Vennar and Cauvery systems are underway, and a consulting firm to undertake feasibility studies and detailed design is being recruited for the follow-on project.

Geographical Location Tamil Nadu
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects An initial environmental examination was prepared. Key negative impacts expected are typical to those related to construction, such as noise, dust, impacts on vegetation on embankments, increased turbidity due to desilting operations and impacts associated with disposal of dredged material. Appropriate mitigation measures have been identified and included in the environmental management plan. Stakeholders were consulted during project design and will continue to be consulted during implementation.
Involuntary Resettlement A resettlement plan is being implemented. All works and improvements to the canal and irrigation system will be within the available right-of-way. Approximately 12,887 squatters living along the embankment will receive compensation to relocate or will be offered a house in another area. An estimated 2010 households are affected by the project, of which 1,517 have opted for an alternate house. Grievance redress committees have been established in the districts of Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam, and Thiruthuraipoondi, headed by the district collector.
Indigenous Peoples The due diligence found that there are no indigenous peoples, as defined by ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), in the project area.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During project preparation, extensive consultations were held with project stakeholders and affected persons.
During Project Implementation Channel Stakeholder Groups (CSG) have been established to discuss project progress and agree on the effective use of water, and initial meetings will be held in Q3 -Q4 2018. Field Implementation Coordination Committees are established in each project district. The project's communications plan outlines other communications activities and may be found in Appendix F of the Project Administration Manual.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Project implementation consultants will be engaged as individuals to support the project management and project implementation units. An NGO will be engaged to support the implementation of the resettlement plan. A firm will be recruited to design a decision support system and conduct a feasibility study and detailed design for a follow-on project.
Procurement The procurement plan calls for 6 civil works packages and one package for the pump stations, all using national competitive bidding procedures. Field hydro-meteorological and office equipment will also be purchased.
Responsible ADB Officer Suzanne Marsh
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Water Resources Department, Gov't of Tamil Nadu
[email protected]
Chepauk, Chennai 600 005
Tamil Nadu, India
Timetable
Concept Clearance 20 Sep 2012
Fact Finding 21 Apr 2015 to 28 Apr 2015
MRM 23 Feb 2016
Approval 07 Jun 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 11 Sep 2018

Loan 3394-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Jun 2016 14 Jul 2016 02 Sep 2016 30 Jun 2021 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 144.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 100.00 07 Jun 2016 90.58 0.00 91%
Counterpart 44.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 07 Jun 2016 40.66 0.00 41%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Mar 2019
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (1 April 2017–31 March 2018) Audited Project Financial Statements Mar 2019
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Apr 2018
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (1 April 2016–31 March 2017) Audited Project Financial Statements Apr 2018
Project Agreement for Loan 3394-IND: Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project Project/Program Agreements Jul 2016
Loan Agreement (Ordinary Operations) for Loan 3394-IND: Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Jul 2016
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Project Data Sheet (हिन्दी) Translated PDS Jun 2016
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President May 2016
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Project Administration Manual (as of Project Approval) Project/Program Administration Manual May 2016
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Sub-basin in Cauvery Delta: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis May 2015

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Resettlement Monitoring Report (January-March 2019) Social Monitoring Reports May 2019
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (June-December 2018) Environmental Monitoring Reports May 2019
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Resettlement Monitoring Report (October-December 2018) Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2019
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Resettlement Monitoring Report (July-September 2018) Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2018
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Resettlement Monitoring Report (April-June 2018) Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2018
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (June 2017-May 2018) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2018
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Implementation of Resettlement Plan (January-March 2018) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2018
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Implementation of Resettlement Plan (October-December 2017) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2018
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Implementation of Resettlement Plan (July-September 2017) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2017
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Implementation of Resettlement Plan (April-June 2017) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2017
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (December 2016-May 2017) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2017
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Implementation of Resettlement Plan (January-March 2017) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2017
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Implementation of Resettlement Plan (October-December 2016) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2017
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (March-November 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2016
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin in Cauvery Delta Project: Implementation of Resettlement Plan and Social Aspects Report (July-September 2016) Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2016
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Sub-basin in Cauvery Delta Project: Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Feb 2016
Climate Adaptation in Vennar Sub-basin in Cauvery Delta Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Dec 2015

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
ASSISTANT RESIDENT ENGINEER-1 Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Jul 2019 15 Jul 2019
ASSISTANT RESIDENT ENGINEER-2 Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Jul 2019 15 Jul 2019
DEPUTY TEAM LEADER Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Jun 2019 04 Jul 2019
CONTRACT MANAGEMENT AND PROCUREMENT SPECIALIST Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Jun 2019 04 Jul 2019
COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Jan 2018 29 Jan 2018
Topography Survey - Cauvery Firm - Consulting Closed 01 Jun 2017 15 Jul 2017
MIS Programmer Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Jun 2017 06 Jul 2017
Topography Survey - Vennar Firm - Consulting Closed 01 Jun 2017 15 Jul 2017
Project Technical Advisory Consultants (PTAC) Firm - Consulting Closed 09 Mar 2017 09 May 2017
IND: Climate Adaptation in Vennar Sub-basin in Cauvery Delta Project Advance Notice Archived 20 May 2015

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CS-2: PROJECT TECHNICAL ADVISORY CONSULTANTS Loan 3394 08 Oct 2018 ANTEA NEDERLAND BV(ANTEA GROUP) JV MONITORWEG 29, 1322, BK ALMERE, POSTBUS 10044, 1301 AA, ALMERE NETHERLANDS Water Resources Department, Gov't of Tamil Nadu Consulting Services 1,148,387.00 1,018,025.00
CS-5: TOPOGRAPHY SURVEY - CAUVERY Loan 3394 15 May 2018 PRIME MERIDIAN SURVEYS PRIVATE LIMITED NEW #68/6, OLD #63/6, MATHANGI FLAT JONES ROAD, SAIDAPET, CHENNAI -15 INDIA Water Resources Department, Gov't of Tamil Nadu Consulting Services 391,182.00 344,181.00
CS-5: TOPOGRAPHY SURVEY - VENNAR Loan 3394 15 May 2018 SECON PRIVATE LIMITED PLOT NO. 147, 7B ROAD, EPIP WHITEFIELD, BANGALORE 50066 INDIA Water Resources Department, Gov't of Tamil Nadu Consulting Services 306,367.00 269,557.00
CS-4: INDEPENDENT INTERNAL AUDIT FIRM Loan 3394 15 May 2018 M/S LOCHAN & CO. B-1, DHARMA APARTMENTS, INDRAPRASTHA EXT NEW DELHI 110 092 INDIA Water Resources Department, Gov't of Tamil Nadu Consulting Services 124,504.00 109,545.00
CS-1D: Consultant Recruitment and Procurement Specialist (National) Loan 3394 01 Feb 2017 Sanjay Shakya B-99 Narmada Path Shanti Nagar B,Ujarki Thadi Jaipur, Rajasthan, India 302 019 Water Resources Department Consultancy 28,619.42