Sustainability has moved from being a buzzword among the ‘greens’ to a mandatory aspect of urban planning, And solid waste management in urban areas is a factor that affects not just current living conditions, but sustainability of the urban center as well.
Our experience in the SWM Sector ranges from preparation of strategy and action plans, preparation of Detailed Project Reports to development of treatment and disposal facilities (including those under PPP framework). iDeCK was involved in the development of India’s first scientific landfill facility under a PPP framework. We have been involved in structuring and developing projects across the entire value chain of SWM including collection, transportation, treatment and disposal.
We have assisted Karnataka and other State Governments in India and the Governments of Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh in preparation of toolkits to enable implementation of solid waste management projects through PPP. Assessment of service delivery levels, gap assessment, investment requirements, assessment of municipal finances etc. have been part of iDeCK’s services in many projects.
Many of the assignments have been undertaken for multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank Group (Water and Sanitation Program, IFC) and the Asian Development Bank.
iDeCK has also assisted setting of tariff structures for SWM services in Maldives and carried out capacity strengthening programs in selected State institutions for delivering training to government officials in India and abroad (Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) to be able to conceive of, identify, design, bid out, contract, monitor and manage PPP projects in SWM.
iDeCK has, over the years, built strong domain expertise in the Water Sector. We have carried out pioneering work in the development of structures of private sector participation in water projects such as based deferred payment structures. iDeCK was involved closely in the structuring of and selection of private operator for India’s first successful PPP water supply project- the 24×7 project in pilot zones in three cities of North Karnataka.
It has provided transaction advisory services for development of bulk water supply systems as well as for selection of private operators for operation and management of distribution network (reduction in non-revenue water). iDeCK has also assisted Government of Karnataka in examining the current institutional set-up for urban water supply and carried out an assessment for restructuring the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board along with recommendations on policy and regulatory frameworks.
iDeCK has expanded its services to include design and engineering of water supply and sewerage systems and project management consultancy.
Sanitation, one of the most basic necessities of human settlements, is directly linked to other aspects of development including improved health, environment and natural resource management. With over 53% of India’s population having no access to safe and affordable sanitation as per the Census of 2011, there is a huge challenge for administrators to ensure complete coverage of the same in a well-regulated and sustainable manner. With huge expenses involved in construction and maintenance of the mechanical infrastructure and limited financing available to make the operations feasible, it is imperative to explore and formulate alternative mechanisms to ensure that even the most vulnerable segments of the society have a sustainable access to sanitation services.
Other issues of sanitation in terms of adverse perception & behaviour towards sanitation, lack of strong and enforceable regulatory mechanism and limited market against huge demand of services have staggered the growth of the sector. Though several schemes and programs have been formulated to tackle these issues in the past, implementation on grass root levels is far from achieving intended targets. Hence, the solution is to have a multidimensional approach at every level of the project life cycle to ensure successful implementation of sanitation interventions.
iDeCK in its initiative towards supporting infrastructure development, has been assisting various authorities including public administrations, multilateral banks/development agencies, foundations and research organizations in assessing and improving the legal & regulatory frameworks for sanitation services as well as in configuring and developing sustainable models for implementation. We understand the entire ecosystem of both solid as well as liquid sanitation, hurdles for implementation of projects, financing, regulating and managing of services etc. The range of services offered include:
Our main strength lies is in bringing together different stakeholders with diverse objectives on a common platform for effective project delivery
iDeCK’s expertise is in providing comprehensive planning & development services. iDeCK approaches projects holistically in advising on Strategic and Detailed aspects. Planning and design involves a collaborative process of various layers, integrating with specialist experts responding to a project’s requiremeny. These services are made available for governments, local authorities, development agencies and construction & management professionals.
We also Provide professional services in Master Planning for Integrated Developments, Parks, and Industrial Developments, with our expertise in Urban Design and City Planning. iDeCK is empaneled with the Ministry of Urban Development, GoI, for the Smart Cities Mission.
We have carried out pioneering work in optimal utilization of existing assets and creation of new assets through the PPP mode. These, through redevelopment/renewal of markets/core city area, leveraging of land banks, rejuvenation of lakes, parks etc.
The rapid rise in human and vehicular population in urban centres has propelled the need for an integrated, meticulously planned public transport solution grows more urgent.
Intra-city movement cannot be limited to a single-mode solution. Multi-mode and integrated urban transport systems have become the need of the hour not just to decongest the traffic, but also to provide reliable, seamless connectivity across the city at affordable levels. This need is made more urgent dur to climate change factors.
Today, urban planners can choose from modes like bus rapid systems, suburban rail, light rail transit, metro and mono rail systems. iDeCK is advising various entities from Government to private sector and multilateral agencies in the urban transport across the advisory value chain framework from carrying out developmental studies which involve demand and traffic assessment, identification of suitable mode of transport system, product mix, phasing and project viability and preparation of possible implementation structure under PPP options and model concession agreements.
iDeCK also has experience is carrying out Transit Oriented Development (TOD) studies which supplement the existing revenue sources through the implementation of the urban transport system.
Between 2001 and 2011, India recorded a growth of 32% in Urban population, increasing from 285Mn to 377Mn. Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Lower Income Group (LIG) account for 95% of Urban Housing shortage in the country. Under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY) program, the Government of India has set a target to build 20Mn urban and 40Mn rural houses by 2022.
iDeCK focuses on various aspects of housing projects, especially affordable housing in urban areas. This includes project conceptualization, project development, project management, and exploring various options of implementation including the PPP mode in affordable housing. iDeCK uses its expertise and experience in assisting State Governments in formulating policies in affordable housing.