The proposed project aims to improve the urban environment and promote inclusive economic development of Akesu City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR), the People's Republic of China (PRC). It is a multisectoral and integrated urban upgrading project that will address urgent environmental and infrastructure needs, including the (i) rehabilitation of the Akesu Duolang Wetlands; (ii) upgrading of urban infrastructure and services, including roads, public parks, water supply, sewerage, and district heating; and (iii) strengthening the institutional capacity for sustainable urban development, planning, and management of Akesu Municipal Government (AMG).
The proposed project is to support (i) urban road network improvement; (ii) expansion of public and green spaces; (iii) significant water supply, sewerage service, and district heating service improvements; (iv) solid waste collection coverage expansion; (v) wetland rehabilitation; and (vi) enhance wetland, solid waste, and traffic management in Akesu. The project would improve municipal services in the project area significantly: (i) the households with connection to piped water supply would increase from 52.6% to 88.6%, (ii) the households with sewerage connections would increase from 8.0% to 66.6%, (iii) the households with access to central heating would increase from 12.7% to 87.0%, and (iv) the households covered by solid waste management coverage would increase from 18.7% to 100%. The components are aligned with the "Comprehensive Transportation Planning of the Urban Center Area of Akesu (2013 2030)," to improve conditions and connectivity of the urban road network in Akesu for all users on arterial, secondary, collector, and lane-scale roads. The improvement of services will have large environmental impacts, including interception of some 21,600 m3 of currently uncollected wastewater, reducing contamination of the Akesu water resources. The project area covers 31 km2, not only the central urban district, but also the Akesu Duolang wetlands to the north of the central urban district. The residential alleyway subcomponent upgrading targets for peri-urban communities that are inhabited mostly by ethnic minorities.
Socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable urbanization in Akesu
An international consulting firm with a total consulting inputs of 43.5 person-months (17 international and 26.5 national) will be engaged on the basis of the quality- and cost-based selection method, with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10, in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). A procurement agent will be hired to support the executing and implementing agencies. Advance contracting and retroactive financing will be considered.
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Government
XUAR Housing & Urban-Rural Dev't Bureau
No. 462 Zhongshan Road,
Urumqi, Xinjiang, PRC
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