AfDB and India sign $96.3m loan to improve water supply at HP

NEW DELHI : The Asian Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of India on Monday signed a $96.3 million loan agreement to provide clean water and improve water supply and sanitation in Himachal Pradesh , the finance ministry said in a statement.

The agreement was signed by Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs and Takeo Konishi, Country Director of AfDB India, according to the statement.

The project is aligned with the goals of the Government of India’s Jal Jeevan Mission to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024 and it will improve water supply infrastructure and build institutional capacity to ensure safe, sustainable and inclusive rural water supply and sanitation services, the statement quoted Mishra as saying.

“AfDB’s involvement in the project will provide best practices in water management, build institutional capacity and guide tariff reform,” the statement quoted Konishi as saying.

These interventions will meet the government’s objective to provide uninterrupted water supply under pressure to households, inclusive sanitation services, strengthen operation and maintenance for sustainable service delivery and build capacity of relevant personnel. , according to the press release.

More than 90% of the rural population of the state has access to drinking water, but the water supply infrastructure needs to be renovated to provide an efficient and better quality service. The ADB project will connect 75,800 households to the service, providing uninterrupted water supply to approximately 3,70,000 residents in 10 districts. To improve water supply and sanitation services, the project aims to construct 48 groundwater wells, 80 surface water intake facilities, 109 water treatment plants, 117 pumping stations and 3,000 kilometers of water distribution pipelines.

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