India: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project

Sovereign Project | 53067-005

The project will provide safe, sustainable, gender-responsive, and inclusive rural water supply and rural sanitation services for about 620,000 people in 10 districts of Himachal Pradesh. The project districts are Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, and Una. Using the sector loan modality, it will upgrade rural water schemes and introduce smart water management practices to ensure the effective management of new and rehabilitated water supply assets. Further, the project will pilot an inclusive sanitation program in Sirmaur District to ensure that fecal sludge is safely managed and treated before disposal. The aspirations of rural people are growing, leading to demands for service standards similar to those in urban areas, which support meeting basic human needs, good health, and sustainable environmental outcomes.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Kohlhase, Jude Ernest
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    21 July 2022
  • Country/Economy
    India
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project
Project Number 53067-005
Country / Economy India
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 4196-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 96.30 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Rural sanitation - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development - Rural water supply services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will provide safe, sustainable, gender-responsive, and inclusive rural water supply and rural sanitation services for about 620,000 people in 10 districts of Himachal Pradesh. The project districts are Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, and Una. Using the sector loan modality, it will upgrade rural water schemes and introduce smart water management practices to ensure the effective management of new and rehabilitated water supply assets. Further, the project will pilot an inclusive sanitation program in Sirmaur District to ensure that fecal sludge is safely managed and treated before disposal. The aspirations of rural people are growing, leading to demands for service standards similar to those in urban areas, which support meeting basic human needs, good health, and sustainable environmental outcomes. The project will strengthen institutional capacity in the executing and implementing agency, the Jal Shakti Vibhag (JSV), and in gram panchayats (local administration) to deliver efficient and sustainable services. Women's self-help groups in rural communities will be economically empowered through livelihood skills training, in particular training applicable to drinking water supply augmentation and the operation and maintenance (O&M) of village rural water supply schemes that provide opportunities to support rural livelihoods. The project will raise public awareness of the health benefits of improved water supply, sanitation, and hygiene practices to prevent the spread of disease, not least the coronavirus disease.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

About 92.9% of the state's rural population has access to drinking water from improved water sources. While this is almost double the national average of 49.1%, it lags the state's urban coverage of 98.4%. The rural water supply infrastructure is old and in poor condition, rendering it either dysfunctional or resulting in services that are of poor quality. Both an asset management system and O&M funding are lacking. There is no water metering, and supply is typically intermittent (provided for only 6-8 hours per day), with consumption averaging a low 30 liters per capita per day. Small rural water supply schemes are located in remote and steep terrain, which limits data gathering to physical field inspections, and makes rural systems difficult to manage. The current monthly tariff is fixed at INR 34.54 per connection, which is far from sufficient for even O&M cost recovery. Low-cost recovery translates into a high dependence on subsidies from the government of Himachal Pradesh for O&M, let alone for system upgrades, and renewal.

Current data shows that 81.3% of rural households have access to improved sanitation facilities, slightly below the 85.0% of urban households. The primary onsite sanitation facilities include pit latrines and flush latrines connected to septic tanks, which discharge directly to the open environment and in open drains. A fecal sludge management facility exits only in Shimla, the state capital.

The government of Himachal Pradesh's JSV manages water supply, including construction and the delivery of bulk water to rural villages. Sanitation is provided by the Rural Development Department. Gram panchayats are involved in the planning, implementation, and management of village water services through village water and sanitation committees constituted by the state's District Water and Sanitation Mission.

Impact Water and sanitation services in Himachal Pradesh sustainably managed
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable drinking water and sanitation services provided in project districts
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Rural water supply and sanitation systems in project districts improved

Institutions and capacity of stakeholders for rural water supply and sanitation services strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Himachal Pradesh
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
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 All consultant recruitment will adhere to the ADB Procurement Policy and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Procurement All procurement of goods and works will adhere to the ADB Procurement Policy and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Kohlhase, Jude Ernest
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh
[email protected]
Jal Shakti Bhawan, Tarna Road, Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) 175001
Timetable
Concept Clearance 31 May 2021
Fact Finding 24 Aug 2021 to 02 Sep 2021
MRM 27 Apr 2022
Approval 21 Jul 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 21 Jul 2022

Loan 4196-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Jul 2022 16 Aug 2022 - 30 Jun 2028 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 139.10 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 96.30 19 Aug 2022 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 42.80 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 19 Aug 2022 0.00 0.00 0%

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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
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Mar 2022
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Shimla Zone (CW-SZ 03), District Solan Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Dec 2021
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Mandi Zone (CW-MZ 01), District Kullu Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Dec 2021
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Mandi Zone (CW-MZ 02), District Mandi Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Dec 2021
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Package SZ 03 Resettlement and Indigenous Peoples Plan Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Nov 2021
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Mandi Zone Package 3 Kullu Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Nov 2021
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Mandi Zone Package 1 Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Nov 2021
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks Sep 2021
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Sep 2021

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-MZ03] Invitation for Bids Closed 11 Mar 2022 07 Apr 2022
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-HZ02] Invitation for Bids Closed 01 Feb 2022 10 Mar 2022
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-DZ01] Invitation for Bids Closed 28 Jan 2022 25 Feb 2022
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-MZ01] Invitation for Bids Closed 16 Dec 2021 28 Jan 2022
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-SZ03] Invitation for Bids Closed 16 Dec 2021 28 Jan 2022
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-MZ02] - Rebidding Invitation for Bids Closed 15 Dec 2021 17 Jan 2022
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-MZ02] - CORRIGENDUM Invitation for Bids Closed 25 Oct 2021 07 Dec 2021
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-MZ02] - ORIGINAL Invitation for Bids Closed 17 Sep 2021 26 Oct 2021
Project Design, Management and Supervision Consultants Firm - Consulting Closed 18 Jun 2021 27 Jul 2021
53067-005 IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project Advance Notice Active 15 Jun 2021

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found


Procurement Plan