Three Indian Cities Apply CIIPP to Line up Infrastructure Projects

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In an effort to identify and prioritize infrastructure projects in the next five years, the cities of Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Erode in the State of Tamil Nadu, India went through the City Infrastructure Investment Prioritization Programming (CIIPP) Exercise in June 2016.

The CIIPP is a CDIA toolkit that helps cities decide which infrastructure projects are most appropriate to develop given their particular set of priorities, available resources and other factors unique to their respective cities. To date, CDIA has helped 52 cities run through the CIIPP exercise and identified bankable investment projects.

The CIIPP exercise in Coimbatore City gathered together 60 representatives of various departments of the Coimbatore City Corporation (CCC), who jointly selected five top priority projects and ranked them using indicators covering economic, environmental, social, and climate change aspects, among others. Based on the exercise, an integrated water supply and sewerage system in the newly added areas in the City emerged as a priority investment project.

Similarly, through the CIIPP in Tiruppur, six priority infrastructure projects were identified, of which the underground sewerage network emerged as the top priority. Finally, the CIIPP in Erode yielded three small-scale projects to pursue: reduction of waterways, storm water drainage, and provision of bus terminals.

Prior to the conduct of CIIPP in the three cities, CDIA’s Sr. Program Manager in India Balakrishnan Elangovan along with ADB Consultant Sameeha Sheth interacted with various stakeholders to collect essential information to key-in in the CIIPP tool. Information relating to population, city development plans, municipal resources data in the last five years, and list of high priority projects pending implementation and executed in the City were among those gathered. Additionally, extensive discussions with various officials in key departments were undertaken to understand the context and challenges of implementing various infrastructure projects in the three cities.

Only after all these activities have been completed that a report containing the assembled information was submitted to the City officials; and the CIIPP exercise was subsequently scheduled.

“CIPP is an ideal tool that emphasizes participatory approach in urban governance,” said Dr. K. Vijayakarthikeyan, Commissioner of Combaitore City Corporation. “Because of it, our infrastructure investment projects will finally be linked with all other development plans of the city,” he added.

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