India and AfDB sign $ 112 million loan to improve water infrastructure in Jharkhand

The Indian government and the Asian Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday signed a loan of $ 112 million to develop water supply infrastructure and build the capacity of local urban organizations (ULBs) to improve service delivery in four towns in the state of Jharkhand.

The signatories of the agreement for the Jharkhand Urban Water Supply Improvement Project were Mr. Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, who signed for the Government of India, and Mr. Takeo Konishi, AfDB Country Director in India. Resident mission who signed for the AfDB.

After signing the agreement, Mishra said the project aligns with the Jharkhand government’s priority of improving urban services in the state and will ensure a continuous supply of treated piped water to the capital of the state. Ranchi State and in three other cities of Hussainabad, Jhumri Telaiya, and Medininagar located in economically and socially backward areas.

“The project will be the AfDB’s first urban project in the state and will help establish a model of continuous water supply combined with policy reforms for sustainable operation that can be replicated by other low-income states to provide drinking water for urban households, as envisioned under the National Mission Jal Jeevan, ”Konishi said.

Four water treatment plants, with a combined capacity of 275 million liters per day, will be established in the project towns to provide drinking water that meets national drinking water quality standards. The project will also establish 940 kilometers of water distribution network to provide a continuous supply of water to approximately 115,000 households, including those below the poverty line, members of listed castes and tribes, and other vulnerable groups. .

To ensure sustainability, the project will strengthen the capacity of ULBs in urban service delivery and governance through the development of an asset management strategy and training on the design and implementation of urban projects. Innovative technologies will be introduced to minimize water loss in water treatment and distribution. The project also includes the use of a supervisory control and data acquisition system for the operation of water supply and asset management based on a geographic information system in Ranchi.

The AfDB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while continuing its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Founded in 1966, it is owned by 68 members, including 49 from the region.

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