ADB to chart road map for urban growth
Guwahati, March 13: The Asian Development Bank is charting out a 10-year urban development road map for Assam for the benefit of the underprivileged sections.
A source said the state government had informed the ADB that it was planning to invest in urban infrastructure and required a road map for the purpose.
He added that the statewide urban sector development road map for 2011-2020 would look into the current status of urban service delivery in Assam and provide strategic directions for the sector.
It will strive to ensure access for the underprivileged and other disadvantaged groups.
The ADB is already helping Assam in a number of projects, as the Centre has requested the bank to help the state.
“The road map will assess the extent to which limited urban service delivery is a binding constraint on growth, poverty reduction, gender and development, and balanced growth,” it said.
In fact, barring Guwahati, no other city in the state has a development plan through which it can get good investment.
The bank will list the success factors required to achieve higher efficiency and economy in service delivery in the state.
It will also assess the constraints on efficient and equitable delivery of urban services, highlighting the various bottlenecks, risks, and mitigation measures.
There will be a detailed assessment of investment requirements and plans.
“There will be an assessment of the strategic, legal, and regulatory framework for urban development in Assam, including the extent to which they are socially inclusive and gender-responsive,” the source said.
The bank will analyse the urban local organisations and its reforms to ensure a gender balance in the composition of the bodies and ensure women’s participation in decision making to make urban development efficient.
“It will help the urban local bodies to make investment meaningful and sustainable,” the source said.
The plan will have capacity building programmes that include training on mainstreaming social and gender concerns into the programmes of government, and a long list of training providers.