Project reporting needs to be undertaken holistically to provide a comprehensive view of implementation progress and support the synergistic delivery of project outputs. The inclusion of an implementing agency, the Advanced Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management (ACIWRM), which is independent of the executing agency (EA), the Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd (KNNL), created confusion in quarterly and annual reporting requirements. While KNNL was technically responsible for overall project reporting, it reported only on outputs 2 and 3 (irrigation rehabilitation and project management) for which it was responsible. The ACIWRM focused on output 1 (integrated water resources management). The separate reporting processes tended to create a fragmented view of implementation progress, aggravated by the failure of the ACIWRM to submit a number of periodic reports, although it timely submitted the final report. On the other hand, even if it was able to submit all periodic reports, the KNNL’s final report was incomplete and delivered to ADB 20 months after the physical completion of the project. Future projects need to prepare a consolidated periodic and final report across all intended to facilitate a comprehensive review of implementation progress and project accomplishments at completion. It will also support the synergistic and coordinated delivery of project outputs, as necessary.
Karnataka Integrated and Sustainable Water Resources Management Investment Program - Project 1