ADB approves Rs 770 cr loan for safe drinking water project in Himachal

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 96.3 million (about Rs 770 crore) loan to fund safe drinking water and sanitation project in Himachal Pradesh.

The loan has been provided under the Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project, ADB said in a release .

It said more than 90 per cent of the state’s rural population have access to drinking water, but the water supply infrastructure is old and deteriorated, resulting in inefficient and poor service quality.

The ADB project will connect 75,800 households to the service, providing uninterrupted water supply to about 370,000 residents across 10 districts.

The project meets the objectives of the Jal Jeevan Mission, a national flagship programme of Government of India, which aims to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024, said Jude Kohlhase, ADB Unit Head of Project Administration on Urban Development and Water for South Asia.

The project will upgrade water supply infrastructure and strengthen institutional capacity to ensure safe, sustainable, and inclusive rural water supply and sanitation services, Kohlhase said.

The Manila-headquartered funding agency said the project will improve water supply and sanitation services through, among others, the construction of 48 groundwater wells, 80 surface water intake facilities, 109 water treatment plants, 117 pumping stations, and 3,000 kilometers of water distribution pipelines.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 96.3 million (about Rs 770 crore) loan to fund safe drinking water and sanitation project in Himachal Pradesh.

The loan has been provided under the Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project, ADB said in a release .