India: Knowledge and Institutional Strengthening for Infrastructure Planning and Sustainable Development for Subregional Integration

Sovereign Project | 52255-001

This knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the knowledge-driven operational approach of the country partnership strategy (CPS) of India, 2018-2022 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), by assisting the investment planning, project preparation, and capacity development for their implementation in India's less-developed north eastern region (NER). The TA meets the CPS priorities on inclusive access to infrastructure and social services in low income states, and regional integration and cooperation (RCI).

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Srivastava, Ashok
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    India
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Knowledge and Institutional Strengthening for Infrastructure Planning and Sustainable Development for Subregional Integration
Project Number 52255-001
Country / Economy India
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9797-IND: Knowledge and Institutional Strengthening for Infrastructure Planning and Sustainable Development for Subregional Integration
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution

Transport / Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development - Urban roads and traffic management

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

This knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the knowledge-driven operational approach of the country partnership strategy (CPS) of India, 2018-2022 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), by assisting the investment planning, project preparation, and capacity development for their implementation in India's less-developed north eastern region (NER). The TA meets the CPS priorities on inclusive access to infrastructure and social services in low income states, and regional integration and cooperation (RCI).

The TA will provide the knowledge and capacity support in Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura, following the specific requests by the concerned state governments. Along with supporting the activities of the concerned state agencies, the TA will also strengthen the roles and functions of North Eastern Council (NEC) and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDONER) to support the activities in those states. The KSTA has been included in India's Country Operational Business Plan (2019-2021).

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government of India's Act East Policy aims to boost the economic development of the NER as one of its key objectives. The NER remains the focal point in India's RCI endeavor, which is pursued through forums such as the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) supported by ADB, and the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). The SASEC focuses on promoting RCI through transport connectivity, energy cooperation, and trade facilitation with the neighboring South Asian countries as well as with the rest of India, while linking the region with countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN). With the progress of RCI, the region is expected to become an economic growth center and driver for the South and Southeast Asian region.

However, despite such high potentials through RCI and rich natural resource endowments, economic development of the NER has not kept pace with that of rest of India. Poor infrastructure facilities and limited access has been hindering its socio-economic development. The development of core infrastructure including energy, urban as well as transport connectivity within NER, with rest of India and with neighboring Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan, is critical to promote rapid, inclusive and sustainable growth, and to drive regional integration with ASEAN. Despite continuous efforts by the central and state governments, the efficiency of public and private infrastructure investment in the NER has been constrained.

The most critical constraint hindering the rapid infrastructure development in the region is the severe lack of investment project proposals that are ready for financing, which are backed by investment prioritization strategies and plans at the levels of the relevant sectors or the entire state. Project implementation are also generally slow, with numerous cases of time and cost overruns. These are associated with insufficient human resources and capacity of the state infrastructure departments to undertake investment and project planning, project preparation including detailed designs, pre-construction (such as statutory clearances for environment and forestry, and land acquisition), and implementation. Moreover, development projects in NER has more complex procedures between the state and the federal governments in terms of project appraisal, budgetary process and fund flow mechanisms, posing additional challenges.

With this backdrop, ADB has been requested by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India to support the relevant states (in para 2) to strengthen the institutional systems and capacities in terms of investment project planning and preparation as well as implementation of the ensuing projects for the core infrastructures, through the provision of the TA and the project readiness financing (PRF) facility, in response to the specific requests of the states as cleared by DEA.

Impact Improved project delivery leading to more sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the northeastern region
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Knowledge-driven investment-ready infrastructure projects prepared
Progress Toward Outcome Consultants have been mobilized to support the northeast states in preparing knowledge-driven investment-ready infrastructure projects.The experts are closing coordinating and providing necessary support to state government agencies on aspects such as institutional assessment, urban and rural water sector development, fund flow Mechanism and capacity Building / Institutional strengthening.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Knowledge support for infrastructure planning provided

Institutional strengthening and capacity-building support provided

Knowledge products disseminated

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

The team of individual experts is effectively providing knowledge support for infrastructure investment planning, institutional strengthening, and capacity building for state agencies in Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura, following specific requests by the state governments.

Five sector-specific project readiness financing (PRF) facility loans have already been processed, out of which two PRF loans made effective, one is approved, and for the remaining two the SRM will be completed by December 2021. The PRF for support to Agartala Municipal Corporation Area is in initial phase of processing. Thematic and operational studies are being prepared under this TA aiming to develop the investment pipeline in northeastern states with investment-ready ensuing project(s), and sector development program for institutional capacity of the central and state government agencies. KSTA support is being extending for the following in-house studies: (i) Assam institutional study of separate components of urban sector and rural water supply and sanitation sector (inception report stage completed); (ii) funds flow mechanism case study of Manipur state; and (iii) Tripura Road Sector state-level study.

Geographical Location Assam, Manipur, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura
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

international consulting firm or individual consultants (national or international) will be hired to provide knowledge and capacity development support to both state and central government agencies for about 100-person months. At the state government level, key knowledge outputs will be state/sector vision and investment plan documents, project concept notes, and guidance notes for investment/ project planning, design, and implementation, whereas at the federal government, knowledge support will be provided to strengthen their technical know-how for project identification, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation. The consulting firm/individual consultants will also administer the identified capacity development programs at the state and central government level. The core consulting team will also provide support to NER states (as required) for quality assurance of DPRs prepared by the state's own fund/efforts and social/environmental/gender, financial due diligence which will include a pool of specialist in key infrastructure sectors. A team leader with the overall responsibility of ensuring the quality timely submission of reports will also be appointed.

In addition to the core consulting team (as above), the TA will engage six to eight individual consultants (international /national) for about 40-person months. These consultants will support ADB and state project teams in reviewing the outputs of the core consulting team. The individual consultants will also assist state governments and NEC/MDONER in (i) preparation of concept note and other requisite documents for project readiness financing (PRF) for ADB assistance; (ii) preparation of documents for engaging PRF consultant(s) and subsequent recruitment; and (iii) implementation of other pre-PRF /PRF activities. The TA will also facilitate engagement of 10 to 12 young professional for about 360-person months to support IAs in project management; procurement; engineering; safeguards and financial management etc.

Procurement na
Responsible ADB Officer Srivastava, Ashok
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Finance
Room No. 40-B North Block
New Delhi-110001, India
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Jun 2019
Fact Finding 06 Jun 2019 to 06 Jun 2019
MRM -
Approval 05 Sep 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 15 Dec 2021

TA 9797-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Sep 2019 26 Sep 2019 26 Sep 2019 31 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2023 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 17 Jun 2022 455,438.39

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Capacity Building Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Jun 2022 16 Jun 2022
Institutional Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Jun 2022 16 Jun 2022
Urban Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Mar 2022 31 Mar 2022
Regional Project Development Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Feb 2022 04 Mar 2022
Infrastructure Financing Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 14 Dec 2021 20 Dec 2021
Financial Systems and Process Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 04 May 2021 10 May 2021
Project Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Jan 2021 02 Feb 2021
Urban Institutional Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020
Road Sector Expert for Project Development Facility Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Oct 2020 16 Oct 2020
Project Development and Quality Control Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Jun 2020 01 Jul 2020
Transport Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Jun 2020 30 Jun 2020
Tourism Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Apr 2020 13 Apr 2020
Transport Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 14 Dec 2019 23 Dec 2019
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Nov 2019 25 Nov 2019

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