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India: North Karnataka Urban Sector Investment Program, Tranche 1

This project is Tranche 1 of the North Karnataka Urban Sector Investment Program, a multitranche financing facility (MFF) comprising four tranches. The urban sector and tourism investment proposals of the government’s overall investment plan for North Karnataka were recognized as priority sectors and were allocated 33% ($862 million) of the total investment plan, including an Asian Development Bank (ADB) contribution of $270 million in the MFF. The planned impact of the MFF was improvement in the people’s quality of life in 25 urban local bodies (ULBs) by providing basic urban infrastructure, which is particularly lacking in North Karnataka compared to the rest of the state. The MFF aimed to increase economic opportunities and growth in these towns, thereby reducing imbalances in the state. Tranche 1 was designed primarily to support water supply and sanitation infrastructure improvements in three ULBs in the towns of Haveri, Hospet, and Raichur.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

India: Chhattisgarh State Roads Development Sector Project

During the project preparation stage, the poor quality of roads impeded the growth potential of Chhattisgarh, a newly formed state and one of the poorer states in India. The ride quality of most roads ranged from poor to very poor. Bad roads increased transport bottlenecks and resulted in poor transport services for the entire local economy, especially the rural poor and tribal populations. The institutional and technical capacity of the Public Works Department was reaching its limit in the areas of sector and investment management of state roads.

The Government of Chhattisgarh prepared a 10−Year Master Plan for Road Sector Development, 2003–2012. This became the basis for the approval of a priority investment program to improve, rehabilitate, strengthen, and widen about 5,000 kilometers of state roads. Of this length, about 1,700 km of state roads in Chhattisgarh was to be improved through a sector lending modality.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

India: MFF – Madhya Pradesh Power Sector Investment Program (Tranche 1)

Encouraged by the reforms made by the state government since 2001, especially the establishment of the Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission, ADB developed an investment program estimated to cost $5.3 billion (2007–2012), with ADB financing earmarked at $620 million through a multitranche financing facility (MFF) comprising six tranches over 8 years. The project included details for Tranche 1, which primarily related to the transmission segment, and Tranche 2 for the distribution segment. The project completion report described the progress made under Tranche 1. It is the subject of this validation. IED overall assessment: Successful.

India: Western Transport Corridor Project

REPORT DETAILS: India: Western Transport Corridor Project sector: Transport | country: India Lessons The project completion report (PCR) identified a few important lessons from the experience with contractors. The criteria for the qualification of contractors under a...

India: Madhya Pradesh Power Sector Investment Program (Tranche 3)

In 2007, transmission capacity in Madhya Pradesh was inadequate as investment in the transmission network did not match increasing demand. Supply security for portions of the transmission network was significantly less than the condition where electricity supply could still be maintained in the event of an outage of major equipment. As such, the failure of a major network component could lead to severe load shedding. There was also a bottleneck in electricity delivery in Madhya Pradesh. The distribution system was characterized by high ratios of low-to-medium voltage circuit length and overloaded power transformers. It suffered from a severe capacity shortage and was incapable of providing adequate quality and reliable supply to customers. Safety was compromised in the distribution networks due to shoddy installation of equipment and inadequate maintenance practices. Distribution network losses in many areas were 40%–45%.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) country strategy and program for India in 2003–2006 focused on clean energy development in the energy sector, including run-of-the-river hydropower projects, other forms of renewable energy, rural electrification, and energy efficiency improvements.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the program. IED overall assessment: Successful.