AfDB to Provide $96.3 Million Loan to Improve Water Supply and Sanitation Services at HP

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 services in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The signatories of the project to improve drinking water and livelihoods in rural areas of Himachal Pradesh were Rajat Kumar Mishra, additional secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs, who signed on behalf of the Government of India, and Takeo AfDB India Country Director Konishi who signed for AfDB.

After signing the loan agreement, Mishra said the project is aligned with the goals of the Government of India’s Jal Jeevan Mission, which aims to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024 and that it will improve water supply infrastructure and build institutional capacity to deliver safe, sustainable and inclusive rural water supply and sanitation services, according to an official statement issued by the Ministry of Finance of the country. ‘Union. “AfDB’s involvement in the project will provide best practices in water management, build institutional capacity and guide tariff reform,” Konishi said.

“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 staff capacity. concerned,” he said. More than 90 percent of the state’s rural population has access to safe drinking water, but the water supply infrastructure needs to be upgraded to provide efficient and better 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 km of water distribution pipelines. A pilot fecal sludge management and remediation program will also be implemented in Sirmaur district, benefiting 250,000 residents.

The project will build the capacity of the Jal Shakti Vibhag of the government of Himachal Pradesh and the village water and sanitation committees of the gram panchayat (local government). It will support state government water tariff policy reforms and introduce a state-level asset management system and district asset management plans. Key project stakeholders and community organizations will be trained in water management, including livelihood skills training for women’s self-help groups. (ANI)

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