India: Punjab Municipal Services Improvement Project (AIIB-000448)

  • India
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Specific Location
Amritsar and Ludhiana
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Voting Date
Apr 27, 2021
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Government of India
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 105.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 296.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Jul 11, 2021

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Project Description
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According to the bank's documents, "The Project Objectives are to: (i) support strengthening of urban governance, finances, and delivery of sustainable water services in Amritsar and Ludhiana; and (ii) support Punjab municipalities to respond to the COVID-19 crisis."

The project has four components:

"Strengthening urban service delivery systems. This component will include Technical Assistance, training, equipment and studies to support two biggest cities (Amritsar and Ludhiana) in Punjab State for transition into more financially sustainable, administratively efficient, technically capable and institutionally accountable municipal corporations;

Improving water supply infrastructure. The component will provide raw water intake structures, water treatment plants (WTP, 440 MLD in Amritsar and 580 MLD in Ludhiana), clear water pumping systems, transmission lines and overhead storage reservoirs (OHSRs) in both cities;

COVID-19 crisis response. This component will support various municipalities in Punjab with short to medium term interventions to address the COVID-19 crisis, including, upgrading or rehabilitating vital health/community infrastructure or and amenities, clean-up of city spaces/community amenities, provision and/or coordination of local services -- both infrastructure and social services -- that cater to COVID-19 responses, especially targeting poor and vulnerable households and communities; and

Project management. This component will support various project management activities, including but not limited to: incremental operating costs, social and environmental safeguards management and fiduciary management, monitoring and evaluation activities, and technical and other studies."

Investment Description
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World Bank loan (IBRD): USD105.0 million
Government of Punjab: USD86.0 million

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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Toshiaki Keicho
Sr. Investment Operations Specialist-Urban
World Bank
Balakrishna Menon Parameswaran
Lead Urban Specialist

Prasanna V. Salian
Deputy Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance

Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC),
Amritsar Municipal Corporation (AMC),
and Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC).


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