AfDB and India sign $96.3 million loan agreement to provide clean water in Himachal Pradesh

AMN / NEW DELHI

The Asian Development Bank and the Indian government on Sunday signed a $96.3 million loan agreement to provide clean water and improve water supply and sanitation services in Himachal Pradesh. After the signing of the loan agreement, the additional secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs, Rajat Kumar Mishra, said that the project is aligned with the objectives of the Jal Jeevan mission, which aims to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024.

He said the project will improve water supply infrastructure to ensure safe, sustainable and inclusive water supply and sanitation services in rural areas. AfDB India Country Director Takeo Konishi said, “AfDB’s involvement in the project will provide best practices in water management and build institutional capacity.

The ADB project will connect over 75,000 households to provide uninterrupted water supply to around 3 lakh 70,000 people in 10 districts. To improve water supply and sanitation services, the project aims to construct 48 groundwater wells, 109 water treatment plants, 117 pumping stations and 3,000 kilometers of water distribution pipelines.

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