The proposed cluster capacity development technical assistance (TA), supported on a grant basis under the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF), aims to improve institutional capacities of the Government of India to identify, plan, invest in, and respond to climate change and disaster-related risks in vulnerable cities and towns across India. The key objectives of the TA are to (i) mainstream urban climate change resilience in policies, strategies, and plans at the national, state, and city levels; (ii) strengthen structural and nonstructural investments in selected cities; and (iii) build strong government institutions across the central, state, and local levels. Cities highly vulnerable to climate change will be targeted, particularly those in coastal areas and river basins.
|Project Name||Strengthening Climate Change Resilience in Urban India|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Water and other urban infrastructure and services
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The proposed cluster capacity development technical assistance (TA), supported on a grant basis under the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF), aims to improve institutional capacities of the Government of India to identify, plan, invest in, and respond to climate change and disaster-related risks in vulnerable cities and towns across India. The key objectives of the TA are to (i) mainstream urban climate change resilience in policies, strategies, and plans at the national, state, and city levels; (ii) strengthen structural and nonstructural investments in selected cities; and (iii) build strong government institutions across the central, state, and local levels. Cities highly vulnerable to climate change will be targeted, particularly those in coastal areas and river basins.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The TA will provide direction to the government developing well-planned cities which are livable, sustainable, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and resilient to climate-change-related risks. The TA builds from the country partnership strategy, 2013-2017 for India of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which supports (i) energy efficiency (e.g., smart grids, efficient pumps); (ii) sustainable transport systems; and (iii) efficient and sustainable water management, including advice on policy and institutional reforms. ADB's urban program focuses on expanding the coverage, quality, and continuity of inclusive basic services while embracing the principles of resilience and efficiency.
The TA promotes convergence with various government flagship national missions including smart cities, new and renewable energy, make in India, clean India, housing for all, and urban transport initiatives. Considering the multifaceted demands for building resilience, the TA will provide resources to ADB's various sector teams, i.e., urban and water, energy, transport, and natural resources management.
|Impact||Urban climate change resilience in selected states in India mainstreamed (defined by project)|
|Description of Outcome||Capacity of government to successfully implement urban climate-change-resilient projects enhanced|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Climate change resilience in urban policies and plans mainstreamed
Climate change resilience of infrastructure and project development supported
Institutional capacity, community awareness, and knowledge for sustaining climate-change-resilient cities strengthened
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MOHUA) and the Department of Economic Affairs were consulted during the formulation of the TA.|
|During Project Implementation||The C-TA 0019-IND: Strengthening Climate Change Resilience in Urban India was approved by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Directors on 4 November 2015 for the amount of $7.00 million. The C-TA is financed on a grant basis by the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) under the Urban Financing Partnership Facility (UFPF) and administered by ADB. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) of the Government of India is the executing agency of the C-TA. The steering committee will comprise senior representatives at the level of joint secretary or director, the country director at ADB's India Resident Mission, sector directors of ADBs South Asia Department (SARD) or sector specialists, and the project officer of the TA subproject. Representatives of the relevant ministries and states will be requested to join the committee as required. Ministries and states selected for TA support will be the implementing agencies for the respective TA subprojects. Implementing agencies will support TA subproject designs and day-to-day implementation, including government coordination. Out of the total C-TA amount of $7.00 million, $6.94 million were approved for the 3 TA subprojects (see below). 1. Strengthening smart water management and urban climate change resilience in Tamil Nadu ($1.55 million): Smart disaster management including real-time flood monitoring systems and water use efficiency in Chennai and other vulnerable ULBs. Analytical work, capacity support, training, and technical feasibility studies for project development. Support to Smart City climate-related proposals. The subproject is completed as of March 2020; 2. Supporting climate change-resilient smart cities mission projects ($2.50 million): Climate resilient urban infrastructure in identified ULBs eligible under national urban flagship programs. Analytical work, capacity support, training, project structuring, handholding, and technical feasibility studies for project development. Support to Smart City climate-related proposals; and 3. Strengthening smart urban mass rapid transit and climate change resilience ($2.89 million): Support to climate-related transport proposals. Strategy development, training, analytical work and technical support for project development. Support for energy savings and prepare options analysis and feasibility of developing clean energy bus system combined with densification of land use and TOD.|
Subproject 1: The final report was submitted and Subproject 1 was closed in March 2020. The project utilized USD 1,189,265 out of USD 1,550,000 approved.
Subproject 2: Out of the approved $2.5 million, $2,317,178 million (92.69%) has been awarded and $1,433,521 (61.86%) disbursed as of 6 October 2020. A consulting firm and individual consultants are engaged to support smart cities of Kakinada, Raipur, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi (Kerala), Jalandhar (Punjab), and Ranchi (Jharkhand) in preparation of climate resilient infrastructure investment plans. They have either submitted the final reports or still on track to completing their work.
Subproject 3: Strengthening Smart Urban Mass Rapid Transit and Climate Change Resilience in the National Capital Region ($2,891,185). The subproject will review the existing transit-oriented urban planning approaches of the NCRTC and, where feasible, propose pilot studies for selected station areas or towns. It will also support the use of advanced technologies for infrastructure design and construction process management, specifically, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and dedicated mapping survey technologies.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Joshi, Sanjay Divakar|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Urban Development and Water Division, SARD|
Department of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Finance
Room No. 40-B North Block
New Delhi-110001, India
|Concept Clearance||28 May 2015|
|Fact Finding||25 May 2015 to 05 Jun 2015|
|Approval||04 Nov 2015|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||12 Oct 2020|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Climate Change Resilience in Urban India: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2015|
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