Centre signs $96.3 mn loan with ADB to improve water supply in Himachal
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The Asian Development Bank and the Indian Government on 22 August signed a 96.3 million dollar (about Rs 769 crore) loan agreement to provide safe drinking water and improve water supply and sanitation services in Himachal Pradesh.
IMPORTANT FACTS -
- This project is in line with the objectives of Jal Jeevan Mission, which aims to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024.
This loan has been given by ADB under the Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project.
More than 90 percent of the rural population of the Himachal Pradesh has access to drinking water, but the water supply infrastructure is old and in a dilapidated condition, resulting in poor quality of service.
Under this ADB project, 75,800 households in Himachal Pradesh will be connected to this service and 370,000 residents in ten districts will get uninterrupted supply of clean drinking water.
Under the project, water supply infrastructure will be improved and institutional capacity will be strengthened in Himachal Pradesh.
In this way safe, sustainable and inclusive rural water supply and sanitation services will be ensured.
Aims of the project :
The project aims to build 48 groundwater wells, 80 surface water facilities, 109 water treatment plants, 117 pumping stations and 3,000 km of water distribution pipelines.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) :
It is a regional development bank established on 19th December 1966.
The ADB currently consists of 68 members, 49 of whom are from Asia and the Pacific and 19 from outside.
It envisions a prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable Asia and Pacific region.
It seeks to eradicate extreme poverty in the region.
It assists its members and partners by providing loans, technical assistance, grants and equity investments to promote social and economic development.
Its headquartered in Manila, Philippines.
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