India: Kochi Metro Extension Project
The project entails an extension for existing metro rail in Kochi city, Kerala state in India comprising of: (i) Phase 1A from Petta existing Phase 1 terminal station - to S.N Junction, a nearby junction, for a length of 2.0 kilometers (km) with two stations; and (ii) Phase 1B from S.N Junction to Tripunithura where the metro rail connects to the existing railway station, for a length of 1.2 km.
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|Project Name||Kochi Metro Extension Project|
|Borrower/Company||Kochi Metro Rail Limited
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Partnerships
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Urban public transport
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Responsible ADB Department|
|Responsible ADB Division|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Nakane, Sumika|
|Project Sponsor(s)||GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Government of Kerala
|Description||The project entails an extension for existing metro rail in Kochi city, Kerala state in India comprising of: (i) Phase 1A from Petta existing Phase 1 terminal station - to S.N Junction, a nearby junction, for a length of 2.0 kilometers (km) with two stations; and (ii) Phase 1B from S.N Junction to Tripunithura where the metro rail connects to the existing railway station, for a length of 1.2 km.|
|Objectives and Scope||The project will improve mobility, livability, and the urban environment in Kochi city by supporting provision of an efficient, safe, and inclusive transport system for all commuters that caters to the needs of elderly, women, children, and differently abled persons.|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The project is consistent with the ADB Strategy 2030 operational priorities of: (i) addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities, (ii) making cities more livable, (iii) tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability, and (iv) accelerating progress in gender equality. The project is also aligned with ADBs country partnership strategy, 2018-2022 for India, specifically pillar 2: providing inclusive access to infrastructure networks and social services by improving the infrastructure bottlenecks in lagging regions. The project is consistent with the following elements of the Sustainable Transport Initiative of the Transport Sector Group: scaling up urban transport and addressing climate change in transport.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||An E&S compliance audit gap assessment, and an updated IEE was completed by an external consultant for this project. The potential EHS impacts, mostly associated with construction activities, are considered to be site-specific, short-term, and can be effectively minimized and managed through specific engineering solutions, construction methodology incorporated in the project design, and implementing the mitigation measures as detailed in the environmental management plan.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||A Social Compliance Audit was undertaken by an external consultant for Phases 1A and 1B of the project. Land had already been acquired by the government for Phase 1A and Phase 1B land acquisition was in its early planning phase. The audit assessed compliance of the process undertaken against national and local laws and ADBs safeguard requirement 2 (involuntary resettlement). Phase 1A land acquisition was completed in compliance with relevant laws and was largely in compliance with ADBs requirements for involuntary resettlement. Where gaps were identified they will be addressed through a correction action plan. The total number of physically and economically displaced persons for Phases 1A and 1B will be less than 200. Land acquisition for Phase 1B is currently in its early stages; the borrower is required to undertake land acquisition and resettlement for Phase 1B in line with ADB SPS and government requirements.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The Social Compliance determined that there are no indigenous people (IP) or Scheduled Tribes (ST) affected by the Project and that ADBs IP safeguards are not applicable. The project will not directly or indirectly affect the dignity, human rights, livelihoods systems, or culture of IP or ST or affect the territories or natural or cultural resources that IP / ST own, use, occupy, or claim as ancestral domain.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation||Stakeholder participation and consultation for the project was undertaken in the development of the IEE and as part of the governments land acquisition and compensation process for Phases 1A and 1B. As identified in the Social Compliance Audit and the IEE, the borrower will be required to enhance its stakeholder engagement and public consultation procedures to ensure stakeholders have up to date information regarding the project, and ensure stakeholders have access to a transparent and functioning grievance mechanisms.|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||26 Aug 2021|
|Credit Committee Meeting||26 Aug 2021|
|Approval||13 Oct 2021|
|Last PDS Update||13 Oct 2021|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Kochi Metro Expansion Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Jul 2021|
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|
|Kochi Metro Expansion Project: Petta to SN Junction (Phase 1A) Livelihood Restoration Plan||Resettlement Plans||Aug 2021|
|Kochi Metro Expansion Project: Initial Environmental Examination||Initial Environmental Examination||Jan 2021|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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