Eptisa will support the Public Health Engineering Department of the Jammu and Kashmir regions in India with their water sector reforms

The overall objective is to improve the service levels, operational efficiency and financial sustainability of water supply operations

September 30 2014

The Asian Development Bank has awarded Eptisa a new project in India to provide capacity building and institutional support services supporting Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) of Government of Jammu and Kashmir, which will be implemented during 29 months.

The overall objective of this project is to improve the service levels, operational efficiency and financial sustainability of water supply operations in the urban areas of Srinagar and Jammu, through institutional, financial and IT reforms as well as improvements in the tariff structure and subsidy mechanism.

Water supply services in those urban areas are provided by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, which at present is improving its urban supply and distribution networks through ongoing infrastructure investments. Because of the fact that the water rates are collected annually and there has been no system of bill generation or enforcement of collection, the Government has made recent efforts to track revenue efficiency.

Eptisa, in consortium, will work with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in the planning and design of reforms and improvement plans. To do this, the consortium will study the existing situation, including legal, organizational, financial and operations arrangements and prepare reform options in consultation with the Government. Eptisa will also provide support to Government and PHED for the implementation of reforms and improvement plans.


 
 Eptisa will support the Public Health Engineering Department of the Jammu and Kashmir regions in India with their water sector reforms