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
    Vishal, Vivek
    Sectors Group
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  • 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 Active
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
Operational Priorities OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

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

Gender 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 As the project is making steady progress on works, it is expected to meet the outcome in a timely manner.
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)

The project is currently in progress, aiming to achieve its objectives upon the completion of ongoing works.

So far, 153.16 km of water supply pipes have been laid, 20 groundwater wells have been installed, and 4 service reservoirs have been constructed.

It is anticipated that the desired outputs will be achieved by the targeted year 2028.

Geographical Location Himachal Pradesh
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects An Environmental Assessment and Review Framework has been prepared, which will guide subproject selection, screening, and categorization, environmental assessment, and the implementation of subprojects identified under the Project. The Initial environmental examinations (IEE) reports have been prepared (subproject-wise), which indicated that the project is unlikely to have any significant adverse environmental impacts that are irreversible, diverse, or unprecedented. Potential impacts are site-specific, temporary in nature and can be mitigated through proper engineering designs and recommended mitigation measures. In accordance with ADB's SPS 2009, Category A subprojects will not be considered under the Project. Out of 10 sub-projects, (i) the draft IEEs report for eight were disclosed at ADB website; and (ii) two IEE reports are under review. Further, with the progress of detailed engineering designs, the draft IEEs are currently being updated. All statutory clearances and no objections are obtained prior to the start of construction activities.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project is categorized as B for involuntary resettlement safeguards in accordance with the Safeguard Policy Statement, 2009. Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh has prepared a resettlement framework, draft resettlement and indigenous peoples plan for the sample subproject at Shimla Zone-03, and draft involuntary resettlement due diligence reports for two sample subprojects (Mandi Zone-01 and Mandi Zone02). No significant impacts are anticipated. The sample subprojects are expected to cause loss of (i) common property (e.g., water tanks, platforms, and meeting places around trees); (ii) crops during construction, and (iii) a cattle shed built on government land owned by one vulnerable person. Land donation is envisaged at several sites. Legal deeds and third-party certification are in progress. The resettlement framework will guide the preparation of resettlement planning documents for subprojects.
Indigenous Peoples The Project is categorized as B for involuntary resettlement safeguards in accordance with the Safeguard Policy Statement, 2009. The state's rural areas have 374,392 members of scheduled tribes, who make up 5.45% of the total population. Although project areas are located away from scheduled tribe areas, members of scheduled tribes account for 0.66% of the population in Hamirpur, 0.88% in Shimla, 1.32% in Mandi, and 5.64% in Kangra; they will benefit from the Project. The indigenous peoples planning framework will guide the preparation of indigenous peoples safeguard documents for subprojects assessed after loan approval. Consultations with members of scheduled tribes will continue throughout the project cycle.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Public consultations were conducted with the stakeholders and affected people of sample subprojects during the preparation of the safeguards documents at appraisal. Key stakeholders were consulted during the feasibility study. The safeguard documents were disclosed during the project preparation. Measures were taken to include and promote gender equality and women empowerment in the design of the Project so that women have equitable opportunities for access to and use of relevant services, resources, assets, or opportunities and participation in decision-making process.
During Project Implementation Regular consultations with stakeholders with a focus on the poor and vulnerable, including women and indigenous people, will be carried out on an ongoing basis throughout the project implementation. Adequate resources will be provided to support its 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 Vishal, Vivek
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Water and Urban Development Sector Office (SG-WUD)
Executing Agencies
Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh
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 26 Mar 2024

Loan 4196-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Jul 2022 16 Aug 2022 10 Nov 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 26 Mar 2024 92.19 0.00 96%
Counterpart 42.80 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 26 Mar 2024 19.12 0.00 20%

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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: Hamirpur Zone (CW-HZ 02), District Una Updated Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Dec 2023
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Social Monitoring Report (November 2022-April 2023) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2023
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Package SZ01 Updated Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports May 2023
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (November 2022-April 2023) Environmental Monitoring Reports May 2023
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Package SZ02 Updated Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports May 2023
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Hamirpur Zone, District Hamirpur and Bilaspur Draft Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2022
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Hamirpur Zone (CW-HZ 02), District Una Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2022
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Dharmshala Zone (DZ 02), District Kangra Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2022
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Mandi Zone Zone (CW-MZ 03), District Mandi Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2022
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Dharmshala Zone (DZ 01), District Chamba Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2022
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Package HZ02 Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports May 2022
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Package DZ01 Land Acquisition, Involuntary Resettlement and Indigenous People Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports May 2022
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Package SZ01 Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports May 2022
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Mandi Zone Package 2 Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports May 2022
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Package DZ02 Draft Land Acquisition, Involuntary Resettlement and Indigenous People Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports May 2022
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Package SZ02 Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports May 2022
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: 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: 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 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: 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 1 Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Nov 2021
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project: Package HZ01 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

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  • 22 Jul 2022 | News Release

    ADB Approves Loan for Safe Drinking Water in Himachal Pradesh

    ADB has approved a $96.3 million loan to provide safe drinking water and improve water supply and sanitation services of Himachal Pradesh, India under the Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project.

Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
4196-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project [CW-HZ01] Invitation for Bids Closed
4196-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project [CW-MZ03] - Rebidding - CORRIGENDUM Invitation for Bids Closed
4196-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project [CW-MZ03] - Rebidding - ORIGINAL Invitation for Bids Closed
4196-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project [CW-DZ02] Invitation for Bids Closed
CSO/NGO/CBO Implementation Support on Community Development and Awareness Raising Activities in five districts of Himachal Pradesh Firm - Consulting Closed
CSO/NGO/CBO Implementation Support on Community Development and Awareness Raising Activities in five districts of Himachal Pradesh Firm - Consulting Closed
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-MZ03] Invitation for Bids Closed
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-HZ02] Invitation for Bids Closed
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-DZ01] Invitation for Bids Closed
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-MZ01] Invitation for Bids Closed
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-SZ03] Invitation for Bids Closed
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-MZ02] - Rebidding Invitation for Bids Closed
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-MZ02] - CORRIGENDUM Invitation for Bids Closed
53067-IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project [CW-MZ02] - ORIGINAL Invitation for Bids Closed
Project Design, Management and Supervision Consultants Firm - Consulting Closed
53067-005 IND: Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project Advance Notice Active

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Design, Build including Civil Works and Operation and Maintenance for 5 years of Rural Water Supply Scheme at District Shimla (CW-SZ01) Loan 4196 23 Feb 2024 RK Engineers Sales Ltd. | B-116, 1st Floor, Vibhuti Khand (near Railway Crossing) Gomti Nagar, Lucknow Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh 3,167,358.40 2,376,837.61
Design, Design, Build including Civil works and Operation and Maintenance for 5 years of Rural Water Supply Scheme at District Hamirpur & Bilaspur (HZ01) Loan 4196 22 Feb 2024 RG Industries - Bhoorathnom Construction Company Pvt. Ltd. JV | Fazalpur Village, Behind Focal Point, Near Randhawa Masandan, Jalandar 144 004 Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh 17,387,577.92 12,860,378.17
Design, Build including Civil works and Operation and Maintenance for 5 years of Rural Water Supply Scheme at District Mandi Loan 4196 30 Dec 2023 R K Engineers Sales Ltd. - SSG Infratech Pvt. Ltd. (RKES-SIPL JV) | B-116, 1st Floor, Vibhuti Khand (Near Railway Crossing), Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh 10,954,691.70 8,839,567.76
Design, Build including Civil works and Operation and Maintenance for 5 years of Rural Water Supply Scheme at District Kangra Loan 4196 08 Dec 2023 Unipro Techno Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. | SCO 36, SECTOR 7C MADHYA MARG. CHANDIGARH, Chandigarh 160019 Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh 13,651,910.61 10,897,975.33
Design, Build including Civil Works and Operations and Maintenance for 5 years of Rural Water Supply Schemes at District Chamba Loan 4196 15 Sep 2023 R&B Infra Pvt. Ltd. - RG Industries Joint Venture | Village Fazalpur, Behind Focal Point, Jalandar (Punjab) Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh 6,528,205.01 4,743,035.26
Project Design, Management and Supervision Consultants Loan 4196 22 Nov 2022 Voyants Solutions Private Limited in JV with NJS Co. Limited and NJS Engineers India Private Limited | 403, 4th Floor, Park Centra, Sector-30, NH-8 Gurgaon, Haryana 122001 India Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh 2,060,516.54 1,680,159.55
Design, Build including Civil Works and Operation and Maintenance for 5 years of Rural Water Supply Scheme at District Solan Loan 4196 22 Nov 2022 Unipro Techno Infrastructure Private Limited | Plot No. 43, Industrial Area, Phase II, Panchkula, Haryana Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh 12,939,077.88 9,956,925.20
Design, Build including Civil Works and Operation and Maintenance for 5 years of Rural Water Supply Scheme at District Mandi (Package 1) Loan 4196 22 Nov 2022 Unipro Techno Infrastructure Private Limited | Plot No. 43, Industrial Area, Phase II, Panchkula, Haryana Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh 13,481,995.32 10,359,233.88
Design, Build including Civil Works and Operation and Maintenance for 5 years of Rural Water Supply Scheme at District Kullu Loan 4196 22 Nov 2022 Unipro Techno Infrastructure Private Limited | Plot No. 43, Industrial Area, Phase II, Panchkula, Haryana Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh 17,720,264.03 13,695,385.86
Design, Build including Civil Works and operation and maintenance for 5 years of Rural Water Supply Scheme at District Una Loan 4196 22 Nov 2022 PRG Buildcon India Private Limited - RG Industries Joint Venture | VII - Faizalpur behind local point, near Randhawa masandan, Jalandhar - 144004, Punjab, India Jal Shakti Vibhag, Government of Himachal Pradesh 19,064,635.52 14,251,436.39

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Feb 2022