Thursday, March 19, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
Citizen Engagement & Program Implementation Support for Uttarakhand Water Supply Program for Peri-urban Areas
The government of India has received a loan (8805 - In) from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), World Bank towards the cash of Uttarakhand Water Supply Program for Peril-urban areas (Rural – Urban Transition Zone). The present program worth USD 150 million (World Bank share USD 120 million and GOUK share USD 30 million in the ratio of 80:20) will support the Uttarakhand Water Supply Program for Peril- urban areas over six years (2018 - 2023). This funding will not only be spent on water supply services delivery improvement but also policy formulation, enhancing planning capabilities and monitoring and evaluation using the Program for Results (P for R), financing instrument in which disbursements and linked to the achievement of pre-agreed Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLI) under the program.
Program objectives of Uttarakhand Water Supply Program (UWSP)
The development objective of the UWSP is to increase access to improved water supply services in peri-urban areas in Uttarakhand. The Program interventions would support improvements in efficiency and sustainability of water supply services through metering, volumetric tariffs, NRW reduction, and improving O&M cost recovery. Following are the key features for service delivery improvements:
a. Total 4.38 lakh population will be benefitted.
b. 87757 metered will be provided to the community of the targeted area.
c. A minimum 16-hour water supply meeting Government of India water quality standards, supplied at a minimum pressure of 12m, for no less than 300 days in a year.
d. 100 percent of customer metering and volumetric tariffs.
e. Sustainable water supply systems, which recover O&M costs through user charges with transparent Government of Uttarakhand (GoUK) subsidies, if any.
f. NRW reduction for water distribution management along with water audits/leak detection programs to enhance efficiency and reduce operating costs (including energy use and climate change impact).
g. Appropriate service delivery models, including Public-Private Partnership (PPP) options for accountable services.
Objective of the assignment
The objective/s of Citizen Engagement program is to assist the implementation agency engaged under the program in successfully implementing the program in selected peri-urban areas and strengthen institutional capacity for sustainable water service delivery mechanism.
The focus attention of the program will be to support and work in tandem with the implementing agencies for successful implementation of the proposed water supply schemes in sustainable and cost the effective manner in 22 peri-urban areas selected under this phase of the implementation, and creating a facilitating environment for full community participation as envisaged in the implementation paradigm.
Besides above The following will also be the objectives of the citizen engagement program:
· Create awareness among the community concerning Program issues which will maximize Program benefits and enhance sustainability through improved community involvement.
· Facilitate community involvement and participation in all components of the project during planning and implementation.
· Facilitate capacity building of different stakeholders at ward /town level, as well as community and local groups regarding Program components to ensure effective use and maintenance of the facilities provided.
· Provide implementation support to Program Implementation Units and SWSM in implementation of social and environmental safeguard related issues.Dissemination of IEC materials for implementing extensive media-based strategies and other tools for facilitating discussions amongst beneficiaries.