The Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Program (AUIIP), the Program, funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), is a key urban infrastructure initiative of the Government of Assam (GoA), and aims to improve the urban environment and quality of life in the cities of Guwahati and Dibrugarh.

The Guwahati Development Department (GDD) is the Executive Agency (EA) for Guwahati town and Urban Development Department (UDD) is the Executing Agency (EA) for Dibrugarh town.

The Investment Program supports the Government of India (GoI)’s 11th Five-Year Plan (FYP, April 2007 to March 2012), which recognizes infrastructure bottlenecks and lack of long-term funds as binding constraints in achieving its goals. The Program is designed on Multi Tranche Financing Facility (MFF) of ADB and Project 1 (Tranche 1) is implemented over a period from 2012 to 2021 and Project 2 (Tranche 2) is being implemented over a period from 2019 to 2021.

On 30 September 2011, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved the Multi-tranche Financing Facility (MFF) for the Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Program (AUIIP), or the Investment Program, for an amount of $200 million, to improve the urban environment and promote ongoing reforms for sustainable, efficient, and responsive urban service delivery in Guwahati and Dibrugarh in the State of Assam. Subsequently, Tranche 1 of AUIIP amounting to $81 million (Project 1, Loan 2806-IND) was approved on 18 November 2011, became effective on 25 April 2012. On government’s request, $20 million was cancelled reducing Tranche 1 to $61 million in March 2014. The Government of Assam (GoA) has recently submitted a request for further cancellation of $10 million from Tranche 1 to the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) for endorsement and onward submission to ADB. The MFF availability period was originally expected to end on 30 June 2018. With the current status of implementation, the Dept. of Economic Affairs, Govt. of India has extended the MFF closing date upto 29 June 2021 as per request of Govt. of Assam.

Project 1 initially included sub-projects for improvements in (i) water supply, sewerage, and bus rapid transit system (BRTS) in Guwahati, (ii) drainage in Dibrugarh, (iii) solid waste management in Dibrugarh, and (iv) capacity building and implementation support. On 17 November 2014, ADB approved a minor change in scope of the Investment Program to allow GoA to exclude the two sub-projects for sewerage and BRTS and include a new subproject for urban drainage in Guwahati. But later the urban drainage project scope was shifted to Project 2 from Project 1. Now the loan amount of Project 1 is $51 million.

Project 2 includes (i) drainage sub-project in Dibrugrah and (ii) preparation and implementation support for AUIIP. The loan amount for Project 2 (loan 3624 IND) is $26 million and was signed by ADB and GoI on 8 March 2019.

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