Xinjiang Hetian Comprehensive Urban Development and Environmental Improvement (ADB-49307-001)

  • China
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Hetian City
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Voting Date
Jul 25, 2016
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 0.75 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 0.85 million
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Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jun 26, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jul 26, 2016

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Project Description
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Hetian city, located in the southernmost part of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) is a growing (the city's 2015 population of 331,400 exceeds planning estimates) ethnic (87% Uygur) city, whose urban infrastructure and services are struggling to keep up with population growth. At the same time, the city faces (i) an arid climate (almost no rainfall), (ii) dependency on constrained water resources, and (iii) an encroaching desert. The boundaries for urban expansion, limited by the desert, lead to intensified urban development. Hetian (also known as Hotan) has a long history as an oasis town on the Southern silk route and is renowned for its jade and carpets. Traditionally isolated, a planned railway linkage from Golmud, Qinghai, through Hetian and Kashi, to South and Central Asia, will increase growth pressures. Tourism growth will follow stability and Hetian remains a desirable place to settle from within the Hetian prefecture. Preserving Hetian's unique cultural heritage while addressing challenges associated with growth-driven urban development is a difficult, but necessary task.


The first phase of the TA will include a review of the urban master plan for Hetian city and recommendations for improvements, as appropriate, by Tongji University which will be selected through a single-source selection method and a lump sum contract with a value of $60,000. The second phase of the TA will be implemented by a single consulting firm with two specialized teams of experts - one to prepare a design and another to undertake due diligence.

Phase 1 of the TA will consist of 3 outputs: (i) initial review report, (ii) detailed recommendations report, and (iii) capacity developed to incorporate changes. Phase 2 of TA will be implemented in two overlapping stages, by a single consulting firm. Under the first stage, a project design team will design the project including appropriate schemes for urban upgrading with resettlement. Under the second stage, another team from the same consulting firm will conduct due diligence assessments.

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Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Government
XUAR Housing & Urban-Rural Dev't Bureau
No. 462 Zhongshan Road,
Urumqi, Xinjiang, PRC

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