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Loan Agreement with ADB of $135 Million for J & K, Karnataka

New Delhi: The Government of India signed an agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) here today for a $60 million loan that will help improve urban services, including water supply and urban transport infrastructure, in two key cities of Jammu and Kashmir. This loan from the ADB’s Ordinary Capital Resources has a 25-year term including a grace period of five years. The third tranche loan under the Jammu and Kashmir Urban Sector Development Investment Program will supplement the urban infrastructure up-gradation program initiated under Project 1 and Project 2. About half-a-million people in Srinagar and Jammu will benefit from improved access to water supply, functional drainage systems, and better transport infrastructure Shri Tarun Bajaj, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, signed the agreement on behalf of Government of India, and Shri Rajeev Singh, Officer-in-Charge of ADB’s India Resident Mission, signed the agreement on behalf of ADB. The project agreement was signed by Shri Tahseen Mustafa, Chief Executive Officer, J&K ERA on behalf of Government of Jammu & Kashmir and Ms. Shagufta Qazi, Director Finance J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency on behalf of J&K ERA. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Bajaj said that the project will support the state in ensuing ¬increase average water supply, from 90 liter/day/capita to 135 liter/day/capita through rehabilitation and improvement of infrastructure. This would also help in substantial reduction of water logging in project areas. Shri Rajeev Singh, Officer-in-Charge of ADB’s India Resident Mission said that the capacity development programs will be run for the concerned state government departments and representatives of urban local bodies to enable them to provide better urban services and bring efficiency and accountability in their functioning. Karnataka Integrated Urban Water Management Government of India signed an agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) here today for a $75 million loan and a $1.8 million grant that will help improve water resource management in three (3) towns of Karnataka in the Upper Tungabhadra sub-basin. This loan from the ADB’s Ordinary Capital Resources has a 25-year term including a grace period of five years. This first tranche of the loan under the Karnataka Integrated Urban Water Management Investment Program will help expand and upgrade urban water supply and sanitation infrastructure; improve water resource planning, monitoring and service delivery; and strengthen operational and administrative capacity in the three towns of Byadagi, Davanagere and Harihar. Shri Tarun Bajaj, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, signed the agreement on behalf of Government of India, and Shri Rajeev Singh, Officer-in-Charge of ADB’s India Resident Mission, signed the agreement on behalf of ADB. The project agreement was signed by Shri D. Chandrashekariah, Joint Director, Planning, Urban Development Department, Government of Karnataka on behalf of Government of Karnataka and Shri Darpan Jain, Managing Director, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development & Finance Corporation Limited (KUIDFC) on behalf of KUIDFC. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Bajaj said that he is happy to note that this project will help increase water treatment capacity by 15,000 cubic meters per day; help expand and upgrade more than 1,000 kilometers of water pipelines, and increase sewage treatment capacity by 48,000 cubic meters per day, thereby promoting water efficiency and environmental protection. Shri Rajeev Singh, Officer-in-Charge of ADB’s India Resident Mission said that the project will pioneer the establishment of Urban Local Bodies Incentive Fund to assist towns in implementing reforms and mainstreaming the use of performance-based contracts in ensuring continuous water services. He said that the project will also test the application of output based approaches to support program for poor and vulnerable households. The investment program aims to improve water resource management in urban areas in a holistic and sustainable manner. Investment support will be provided to modernize and expand urban water supply and sanitation (UWSS) while strengthening relevant institutions to enhance efficiency, productivity and sustainability in water use. Innovative instruments, such as public-private partnership (PPP) or reform oriented incentive funds will also be pursued. The Program will seek to assist more fragile environments increasingly affected by water resource degradation, often located in North Karnataka. The Program will also promote climate-resilient development, capacity-development for conducive adaptation.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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