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Panaji to Modernize Operations to Achieve 24×7 Water Supply

October 9, 2019


Continuous or 24×7 water supply through the distribution network is still a distant aim for Panaji in India. While the city has adequate water resources and the service coverage is high, supply is provided intermittently for only 2-8 hours a day. Most residents rely on their own storage tanks to have sufficient water for the rest of the day.

To achieve 24×7 water supply through the network, the city government worked with CDIA in completing a project preparation study (PPS) that recommended a range of investments to address the primary challenge of bringing the water system under control and modernizing its operations.

Panaji Set to Restore its Creek to Pristine Glory

October 9, 2019


The St. Inez Creek, flowing through Panaji City in India, was once a beautiful stream where people could safely swim and fish in its waters. But the years of neglect, indiscriminate disposal of wastewater and solid waste, and inappropriate road crossings blocking the flow have turned it into an open sewer, posing a serious health threat to the residents.

To restore it to its pristine glory, the St. Inez Creek Rejuvenation Project was initiated by Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL), a special purpose vehicle created to manage the Smart City programme for Panaji.

CDIA Highlights Integrated Approach to Urban Mobility at ADB’s Transport Forum

October 4, 2019


How can secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific ensure that the various transport modal solutions are developed towards an integrated public transport network?

The CDIA-led session on “Integrating Low Carbon Solutions in City Transport System,” held 2 October 2019 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in the Philippines served as a venue for showcasing good practices of cities in pursuing broad sector reforms to address in a holistic and integrated way their urban mobility challenges. It was part of the weeklong “Urban Transport for Livable Cities Forum” organized by ADB and its partners.

CDIA Contributes to PTSMI’s Linking to Finance Training Course

September 17, 2019


CDIA participated in the “Linking Infrastructure Projects to Finance Training Course” delivered by PT SMI on August 29-30, 2019 in Balikpapan, Indonesia.

The capacity building activity aimed to enhance the knowledge of cities and regencies in the Province of East Kalimantan on financing modalities and sources for their infrastructure projects. It likewise served as a platform for them to present, and get feedback on the projects they wish to develop and the appropriate financing option.

CDIA Backs ASEAN Mayors in Driving Local Actions for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

August 27, 2019


How can the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while ensuring effective management of urbanization, environmental protection and inclusive growth? 

The 5th ASEAN Mayors Forum held 26-28 August 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand sought to offer solutions to this key challenge. CDIA, through its Urban Development Specialist Chee Anne Roño served as a panelist in one of the sessions on Digital ASEANwhere she discussed how to build the enabling environment at the city level. 

Laying the Groundwork for the Urban Infrastructure Improvement Project in Pakistan

August 26, 2019


“The CDIA study became the backbone of our ensuing project.” This was how Kiyoshi Nakamitsu of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) described the value of CDIA’s work on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Program (KPCIP).

Supported by ADB, the KPCIP aims to enhance the urban conditions in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province. CDIA was involved in the early part of the project preparation by developing the investment packages for three of the five cities being considered for the program.

Engaging the Youth as Partners in Development

August 26, 2019


The 7th Asian Youth Forum (AYF) was held on 12-14 August 2019 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters. Guided by the theme, “Establish. Equip, Engage: Youth for 2030 and Beyond,” the event celebrated the young people’s role as partners in development and demonstrated their unique and valuable contribution in advancing inclusive growth.

A key component of the AYF was the design challenge, wherein CDIA mentored various groups under the theme, Youth for Livable Cities.

Effective Operation and Maintenance Key to Improving Water Services in West Georgia

August 22, 2019


Significant investments are transforming the water supply and sanitation services in Kutaisi, Poti, Anaklia, Ureki and Zugdidi in West Georgia. Despite these, non-revenue water (NRW) and energy costs remain high, and the cities grapple with their new water infrastructure systems.

How to ensure continuous and high quality water services towards better health and environment? The Operational Performance Assessment and Improvement Action Plan provides insights in addressing key operational management issues.

Supporting People-Focused, Innovation-driven Development in Chongqing City

August 19, 2019


The Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB) is considered as one of the three key growth engines to ensure economic development in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). With support from CDIA, Chongqing City in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River is pursuing a development path where human capital and technological innovations are driving green […]

CDIA Completes the YUSIP Study, Passes the Baton to ADB for Loan Processing

August 12, 2019


The workshop held recently in Myanmar marked the successful completion of CDIA’s project preparation study (PPS) for the Yangon Urban Services Improvement Project (YUSIP).

It also signaled the handing over of the study to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for project processing, leading to the proposed loan for enhancing Yangon’s livability and resilience.

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