Benchmarking and Water Utilities Data Book for India

When the Government of India formally launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in 2005, Asian Development Bank (ADB) committed to support it with a US$2 million technical assistance grant. One initiative identified is a benchmarking program for 30 selected water utilities in India. This benchmarking program will be supervised by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and supported by ADB. Data collected from the project will feed into the JNNURM and enable utilities to better access MoUD assistance. The benchmarking program results will be published as a water utilities data book similar to the Second Water Utilities Databook: Asian and Pacific Region (October 1997) and the Data Book of Southeast Asian Water Utilities (June 2005). The data book will contain profiles of each water utility, comparison of performance among the utilities, and a profile of the sector. To set the benchmarking program for India’s water utilities in motion, an inception workshop was held in Chennai, with 55 participants, speakers, and observers attending. After the workshop, MoUD expressed its strong commitment to the Project; MoUD also requested the utilities to cooperate with ADB to expedite the project's implementation. A project team has finalized the questionnaire which was subsequently sent to the utilities through MoUD.

Inception Workshop on Benchmarking and Water Utilities Data Book for India
17-18 January 2007, Chennai, India