City Interventions

KP (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Inclusive Urban Growth Program

Country: Pakistan
City: Abbottabad, Mardan, Peshawar

Key Stakeholders and PartnersUrban Policy Unit, Planning and Development Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; Asian Development Bank

Project Preparation Study PeriodJanuary 2017 - October 2017

CDIA SupportUS$ 749,913

Expected Downstream Financing$128 million (Asian Development Bank)

Infrastructure sectorsUrban Transport
Water Supply
Solid Waste Management

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Environmental Improvement; Good Governance; Poverty Reduction

Key City Development Issues

Pakistan is growing rapidly with a population estimated to be over 190 million. It is South Asia’s most urbanized country with upwards of 45% of the population living in cities, with that proportion rising to 60% by 2030. Urban infrastructure in most cities is aging. The infrastructure has not expanded at the pace necessary to provide basic services or stimulate economic growth and create jobs. Housing and livability challenges, including lack of water supply and sanitation, solid waste management, and increased traffic congestion and air pollution, are key concerns.

Details of Cooperation

The overall objective of CDIA support was to assist the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to prepare integrated, climate-resilient urban environmental infrastructure investment and city development programs for the cities of Peshawar, Mardan, and Abbottabad. Key tasks included: To facilitate the completion of City Development Plans for the cities including institutional, financial, economic, and climate change analysis; prepare 15-year investment plans; identify potential priority urban infrastructure investments in each city; carry out a pre-feasibility study for the prioritized urban infrastructure including outline designs; recommend institutional arrangements for the implementation of the project; and enhance the capacity of relevant stakeholders to facilitate the sustainable development and management of prioritized urban infrastructure investments.

Expected Development Outcomes

According to the KP Government’s statistics, poverty in the province is estimated at 39% which is significantly higher than the national rate of 29%. The project outputs were specifically designed to target the poor and redress the imbalance. The majority of investments were targeted toward Mardan and Abbottabad and the estimated beneficiaries of key sub-projects are as follows:

• Mardan water supply: 115,000;

• Mardan sewerage and wastewater treatment: 200,000;

• Mardan solid waste management: 360,000;

• Abbottabad water supply: 180,000;

• Abbottabad solid waste management: 300,000.

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