Concept Paper for Follow- On- Project of

Uttarakhand Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Project

Proposed Second URWSSP: At A Glance

The GoUK vide GO No. 384/Twenty Nine (2)/12-2(36 Pey)/2012 Peyjal Anubagh- 2 dated 22nd March, 2013 conveyed its “In-principle” approval for initiation of Follow-on-Project of World Bank assisted URWSSP for IDA credit assistance. Accordingly, the Concept Paper for Follow-on-Project for URWSSP was sent to vide letter no. 13/W-182/13-14 dated 3rd April, 2013 to the Joint Secretary (Water), Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India. The salient features of the proposed project are given below:

1 Follow-on project preparation period FY 2014-15 
2 Project Approval by the World Bank  December, 2015
3 Project Implementation Period  1st Jan, 2016 to 31st December, 2021
4 Total Project Cost  Rs. 1650.00 Crore (US $ 275.00 Mn)
5 Sources of Financing 

World Bank       :    Rs.  1463.32 Crore

GoUK                :    Rs. 175.17 Crore

Community        :    Rs.   11.51 Crore

Total Amount   :   Rs. 1650.00 Crore

6 Preliminary Project Description
  • Construction of new 300 water supply schemes in 5200 Not Covered/Partially  Covered habitations.
  • Integrated Approach for Water Supply, Sanitation, and Catchment Area Programs. Sanitation part will be done by convergence of NBA Program Funds.
  • Decentralized institutional framework for the RWSS sector including increased role of PRIs and involvement of local communities.
  • Focus on private water connections with installation of water meters at production center & consumer end leading to 24x7 water supply.
7 Policy of proposed project

1- The project envisages Program-For-Results approach as per World Bank's latest Country Assistance Strategy (CAS). The key features of Program-For-Results include:

  • Finances and supports borrowers' programs. The Bank assesses the quality of the program, including its results framework, expenditure framework, supporting systems, and the scope for systems-strengthening measures.
  • Disburses upon achievement of program results. Disbursements will be determined by the achievement of monitorable and verifiable indicators, rather than by inputs. Together with funds from other sources, Bank disbursement will finance the borrower's expenditure program rather than being linked to individual transactions.
  • Focuses on strengthening the institutional capacity needed for programs to achieve their desired results. A priority  area for both preparation and implementation support will be to strengthen the capacity of the institutions to implement the program, thereby enhancing development impact and sustainability. Program governance will be strengthened by focusing on transparency, accountability, and participation.
  • Provides assurance that Bank financing is used appropriately and that the environmental and social impacts of the program are adequately addressed. The Bank will assess the program's fiduciary and environmental and social management systems. It will agree with the borrower on the additional measures needed to provide assurance that the loan proceeds are used for program expenditures, that these expenditures are incurred with economy and efficiency, and that potential impacts to the environment and affected people are adequately addressed.

 2- It is proposed to have only one implementing agency (PMU-Swajal) registered under Society Registration Act instead of three implementing agencies as in case of on-going project.

3- The PMU-Swajal will be taking up only Single Village Schemes (SVS) based on demand responsive approach.

8 Rate of Water Supply  55 LPCD -70 LPCD with minimum 70% household water connections.
9 Project cost estimation basis

For new Single Village Schemes, the per capita cost is R 14000.00 as on average.

10 Proposed Project benefits
  • Improved effectiveness of RWSS services through decentralization & increased role of PRIs and involvement of local communities.
  •  Improved water supply with sustainable service, benefitting atleast 0.94 million people.  
  •  Also associated benefits including improved health resulting from reduced water borne diseases.
  • Time savings in fetching water.