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Government inks $75 million loan with ADB to improve Urban Services in 4 Karnataka Towns

Union Government has inked $75 million loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Karnataka Integrated Urban Water Management Investment Program. Under it 24 x7 water supply will be provided in Karnataka’s four coastal towns of Kundapura, Mangalore Puttur and Udupi and improve sanitation infrastructure for Mangalore town. It will be tranche 2 loan agreement of this program.

Karnataka Integrated Urban Water Management Investment Program

It was approved by ADB Board in 2014. It aims to improve urban water resource management in selected river basins in Karnataka through modernization and expansion of urban water supply and sanitation infrastructure. It also seeks to strengthen institutions to improve water use efficiency, water resource planning, monitoring and service delivery. Tranche 1 loan of $75 million from ADB has helped to strengthen urban water supply and sanitation services in three other towns of state viz. Byadagi, Davangere, and Harihar.

Significance

The investment program will support coastal towns in Karnataka to provide continuous piped water supply to people and promote efficient and sustainable use of water. It will also adopt information technology (IT) based smart water management system and undertake community awareness programs on water conservation and demand management. It will also help urban local bodies to become efficient and responsive urban water utility service provider.

Month: Categories: States Current Affairs - 2018

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India and ADB sign $169 Million Loan to Provide Water and Sanitation Services in Tamil Nadu

Union Government has inked $169 Million Loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Tamil Nadu Urban Flagship Investment Program. It is first tranche of $500 million multi-tranche financing to provide water and sanitation services in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu Urban Flagship Investment Program

The program will develop climate-resilient sewerage collection and treatment and drainage systems in 10 cities. Under it country’s first solar-powered sewage treatment plant will be installed. Moreover, smart water management systems will be introduced to reduce non-revenue water and strengthen operational efficiency.

It will help to address complex urban challenges through innovative and climate-resilient investment and deeper institutional support. It will boost institutional capacity, public awareness, and urban governance as part of comprehensive approach for developing livable cities. It will benefit around 4 million people from piped water and sewerage connections and improved drainage.

The first tranche of ABD loan will target cities of Chennai, Coimbatore, Rajapalayam, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, and Vellore. Moreover, $2 million grant fromAsian Clean Energy Fund, established by Government of Japan will fund solar energy pilot project. Besides, ADB technical assistance grant of $1 million will accompany program to support capacity building.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018

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