The World Bank is taking a programmatic approach to engagement in urban affordable housing in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The programmatic approach includes a set of parallel development policy loans (DPL) and one investment project financing (IPF) operation in the first phase and a second operation under preparation in the second phase.
The pair of first DPL and IPF operations aim to support the government’s ongoing efforts to increase the availability of affordable housing by gradually shifting the role of the state from being the main provider to an enabler. It also aims to unlock regulatory barriers and incentivize private sector participation in affordable housing for low-income families. The second DPL operation will specifically look to deepen these measures to make the affordable housing sector more efficient, inclusive, and resilient. One of these reform areas under the focus of the second DPL is the strengthening of the Tamil Nadu Combined Development and Building Rules 2019 (TNCDBR).
The project undertook a review of the TNCDBR with respect to (i) building energy efficiency, (ii) overlapping climate resilience aspects, and proposing specific amendments which can be incorporated into the Regulation. The outputs are to be further passed on to the Government of Tamil Nadu for their consideration as part of their efforts of strengthening the TNCDBR. The main tasks involved were: