India: Bengaluru Smart Energy Efficient Power Distribution Project

Sovereign Project | 53192-001

The project will (i) convert overhead distribution lines to underground cables, with parallel installation of optical fiber cables; and (ii) install automated ring main units adapted with a distribution automation system (DAS) in six divisions, spanning 52 subdivisions, in urban Bengaluru city in the state of Karnataka. The Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded component of the project will cover 17 out of these 52 subdivisions. As a result of this project, the efficiency, reliability, and safety of the power distribution system in urban areas of Bengaluru will be enhanced. The project will also strengthen the institutional capacity of BESCOM in operation and maintenance (O&M), environment and social safeguards, financial management, and corporate gender equality and social inclusion.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Bhatt, Jigar Arvindbhai
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    India
  • Sector
    • Energy
Project Name Bengaluru Smart Energy Efficient Power Distribution Project
Project Number 53192-001
Country / Economy India
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 4028-IND: Bengaluru Smart Energy Efficient Power Distribution Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 100.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The project will (i) convert overhead distribution lines to underground cables, with parallel installation of optical fiber cables; and (ii) install automated ring main units adapted with a distribution automation system (DAS) in six divisions, spanning 52 subdivisions, in urban Bengaluru city in the state of Karnataka. The Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded component of the project will cover 17 out of these 52 subdivisions. As a result of this project, the efficiency, reliability, and safety of the power distribution system in urban areas of Bengaluru will be enhanced. The project will also strengthen the institutional capacity of BESCOM in operation and maintenance (O&M), environment and social safeguards, financial management, and corporate gender equality and social inclusion.

The project demonstrates an innovative project financing structure. The combination of sovereign and nonsovereign loans from ADB will significantly reduce the sovereign exposure and help BESCOM move towards a market-based approach for raising financial resources for capital expenditure. The project will introduce BESCOM to practices and procedures for accessing commercial financing from an international lender and instill financial management discipline during monitoring.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Building an energy-efficient distribution network is one of the climate mitigation strategies identified under India's Nationally Determined Contributions. The Ministry of Power promotes the conversion of overhead distribution lines to underground lines, and the integration of information technology in the power distribution system of urban areas to reduce system losses under the Integrated Power Development Scheme. In addition, under the proposed DISCOM sector reform, it targets reducing the aggregate technical and commercial loss to 12%-15% by 2025. Building efficient urban infrastructure is a key provision, including the development of underground distribution networks in the Bengaluru urban area, under the Revised Master Plan 2031 for Bengaluru, aimed at developing a livable city.

In more general terms, modernizing power distribution networks in the Bengaluru urban area will (i) reduce distribution losses, thereby reducing the additional consumption of fossil fuels and associated greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants; (ii) improve the reliability and quality of the electricity service for more than 10 million people and high-technology industries; and (iii) contribute to developing a livable and disaster-resilient city.

The Government of Karnataka sets guidelines for access to sovereign borrowing from international financial institutions for revenue-generating sectors such as the energy sector. The aim is to maximize the allocation of sovereign borrowing space for nonrevenue-generating, poverty reduction-focused projects, and/or emergency responses to national crises caused by events such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). BESCOM falls in between revenue-generating and nonrevenue-generating segments, as a large part of the power sold by BESCOM is priced commercially while a portion is sold to the low-income households and the agriculture sector, priced below cost and requiring a GOK subsidy. For such entities falling between revenue-generating and nonrevenue-generating segments, the objective of using sovereign loans is to leverage to the maximum extent possible commercial non-sovereign borrowing. Consistent with this objective, the Government of India and the GOK seek ADB assistance to pilot test a combination of sovereign and non-sovereign financing for investment in Karnataka's power distribution segment. The provision of a non-sovereign loan by ADB without a sovereign guarantee from India, in combination with a sovereign loan, will act as a transition measure towards moving BESCOM towards full market-based financing - by (i) enhancing financial discipline; (ii) strengthening its financial performance through regular monitoring; and (iii) eventually enabling BESCOM to access borrowing from commercial banks both locally and internationally, without seeking credit enhancement from the GOK and/or the central government, thereby freeing up fiscal space. This pilot collaboration will provide lessons to structure similar initiatives in the future and open opportunities for large-scale lending on a combined basis to sub-sovereign entities, particularly in power distribution.

Impact Livable Bengaluru urban area developed
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Energy efficiency, reliability, and safety of power supply system in Bengaluru urban areas improved
Progress Toward Outcome The loan is effective 29 November 2021. The contracts are awarded and are under implementation.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Smart, and climate- and disaster-resilient power distribution system established in 6 districts in urban areas of Bengaluru

Institutional capacity of implementing agency improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) 5,096 km of 11 kV and 1.1 kV overhead distribution lines converted to underground cables, with 1,730 km of optical fiber cables. 2,047 automated ring main units installed adapted with a DAS. Institutional capacity is being improved through trainings and workshops.
Geographical Location Bengaluru
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
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 There are no consulting service contract packages to be procured using the loan.
Procurement All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations (2017, as amended from time to time). The relevant sections of ADB's Anticorruption Policy (1998, as amended to date) will be included in all documents and contracts. All turnkey contract packages will be procured through open competitive bidding with prior review by ADB.
Responsible ADB Officer Bhatt, Jigar Arvindbhai
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Government of Karnataka
[email protected]
Dr Ambedkar Rd., Sampangi Ramnagar,
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Ministry of Finance (Aid Accounts & Audit Division)
[email protected]
5th Floor, B Wing, Janpath Bhawan
Janpath, New Delhi 110 001
India
Timetable
Concept Clearance 21 Oct 2019
Fact Finding 12 Aug 2020 to 12 Aug 2020
MRM 09 Oct 2020
Approval 04 Dec 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 04 Jun 2022

Loan 4028-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2020 25 Nov 2021 30 Jun 2026 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 187.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 100.00 04 Jun 2022 96.79 0.00 97%
Counterpart 87.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 04 Jun 2022 35.93 0.00 36%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
53192-IND: Bengaluru Smart Energy Efficient Power Distribution Project [BESCOM/UG/OCB/20-21/T-19] Invitation for Bids Closed 16 Jun 2020 28 Jul 2020
53192-001-IND: Bengaluru Smart Energy Efficient Power Distribution Project Advance Notice Active 04 May 2020

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Lot 1 - Conversion of 11kv OH line - S-4, S-7 & S-17 Subdivisions of Koramangala division, Bengaluru South Circle, BMAZ South Loan 4028 01 Dec 2021 VR PATIL VIVIDH VIDYUTH NIRMAN PVT. LTD. and ASIAN FAB TEC LTD. (JV) | Plot No. 710, Ward No. 1, Hosalingapur, Munirabad, Koppal, Karnataka 583233 Government of Karnataka 26,855,260.16 26,752,814.39
Lot 3 - Conversion of 11kv OH line into UG cable - S-12 Sub division of HSR division, Bengaluru South Circle Loan 4028 01 Dec 2021 KUMAR ELECTRICALS and KEI INDUSTRIES LTD. (JV) | #8 (S), 1st Stage, 1st Phase, Chandra Layout, Vijayanagar, Bengaluru 560040 Government of Karnataka 22,149,929.45 22,107,108.77
Lot 4 - Conversion of 11kv OH line into UG cable - E-4 Sub division of WHITE FIELD division, Bengaluru East Circle BMAZ (NORTH) Loan 4028 01 Dec 2021 RAJASHREE ELECTRICALS and ASIAN FEB TEC LTD. (JV) | 154 Near RV Public School, Nijalingappa Layout, Davanagere, 577004 Government of Karnataka 24,425,517.04 24,387,506.07
Lot 2 - Conversion of 11kv OH line into UG cable - S8 & S-11 Subdivisions of HSR division, Bengaluru South Circle Loan 4028 01 Dec 2021 RAJASHREE ELECTRICALS and ASIAN FAB TEC LTD. (JV) | 154 Near RV Public School, Nijalingappa Layout, Davanagere, 577004 Government of Karnataka 26,569,293.34 26,523,941.38