India is experiencing rapid overall economic growth; however, economic disparity between urban and rural areas persists and rural transformation and poverty reduction are slow compared to other countries in the region. Contributing to this is the absence of well-planned rural infrastructure, which undermines agricultural productivity and increases vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change. A key cause is the weak capacities and poor coordination in the planning, design, and implementation of projects of rural infrastructure stakeholders comprising local, state, and central government; private sector (consultants and contractors); and academic institutions. Exposure to new innovations and good practices in the agriculture and natural resources (ANR) sector is limited, resulting in the continuation of a _business as usual_ approach.
|Project Name||Strengthening Capacity to Design and Implement Water and Rural Infrastructure Facility|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||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
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
India is experiencing rapid overall economic growth; however, economic disparity between urban and rural areas persists and rural transformation and poverty reduction are slow compared to other countries in the region. Contributing to this is the absence of well-planned rural infrastructure, which undermines agricultural productivity and increases vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change. A key cause is the weak capacities and poor coordination in the planning, design, and implementation of projects of rural infrastructure stakeholders comprising local, state, and central government; private sector (consultants and contractors); and academic institutions. Exposure to new innovations and good practices in the agriculture and natural resources (ANR) sector is limited, resulting in the continuation of a _business as usual_ approach. The result is persistently slow progress in meeting targets for rural development, design, construction supervision, performance, and sustainability of the assets, as well as limited consideration of external factors, such as climate change.
Two of the seven operational priorities of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Strategy 2030 are (i) promoting rural development and food security; and (ii) tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability. ADB's investments in these areas have generated jobs, raised rural incomes, and reduced poverty. The Strategy 2030 emphasizes the need for (i) increasing the focus on the water food energy security nexus; (ii) improving market connectivity and agriculture value chain linkages; (iii) increasing agricultural productivity and food security; and (iv) enhancing food safety. Strengthening governance and institutional capacity of executing and implementing agencies for effective project implementation to achieve inclusive and sustainable development is also a priority. This is also essential to support the Strategy 2030's objectives in streamlining ADB business processes to strengthen development effectiveness and ensure that ADB delivers value for money.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Continuous support to enhance skills and competencies of executing and implementing agencies is needed to improve project preparation, implementation, and overall portfolio performance. Sustainable development of ADB water and rural infrastructure projects requires stronger interaction between stakeholders coupled with dedicated government capacity building in the areas of project design and implementation. The proposed transaction technical assistance (TA) facility would bridge capability gaps and enable the application of best practices to ADB-funded projects. Capacity-building support will be provided through the provision of incremental consulting services to enhance project preparatory and project implementation capacity. The TA facility will be demand-driven to ensure ownership by, and commitment from, the executing and implementing agencies.
The TA facility will support project preparation, including capacity-building, undertaking due diligence, and increasing project readiness for ensuing investment projects, including those identified in the country operations business plan for India, 2019 2021. It will initially support:
(i) Ara Canal Water Productivity Improvement Project (formerly Bihar Irrigation Project);
(ii) Himachal Pradesh Subtropical Horticulture and Irrigation Value-Addition Project;
(iii) Capacity Development for Irrigation Management and due-diligence for new projects including Upper Bhadra Project and Lower Suktel Irrigation Project;
(iv) Assam Flood and Riverbank Erosion Protection Project (follow-on loan 2020);
(v) Maharashtra Sustainable Coastal Protection and Management;
(vi) Maharashtra Rural Connectivity Improvement Project; and
(vii) Preparation of Maharashtra Agribusiness Network Project.
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Cauvery River, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||The consultants will be competitively engaged by ADB in accordance with ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the associated project administration instructions/TA Staff Instructions|
|Responsible ADB Officer||L'Hostis, Marie|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines Department of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Finance
Room No. 40-B North Block
New Delhi-110001, India Department of Horticulture, Government of Andhra Pradesh
O/o. Commissioner of Horticulture, TTPC Building, 1st Floor, Old Market Yard, Chuttugunta ( Beside Mini Rythu Bazar), A.P., Guntur. Maharashtra Rural Road Development Association
5th Floor Baandhkaam Bhawan Marzbaan
Road Fort, Mumbai, India
|Approval||30 May 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||30 May 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|30 May 2019||-||-||31 May 2022||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|2,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,000,000.00||30 May 2019||0.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Capacity to Design and Implement Water and Rural Infrastructure Facility: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||May 2019|
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