ADB approves $125m loan for water and sanitation project in India

WCN Editorial Team 29 Nov 2021 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide a loan of $125m to improve water supply infrastructure and sanitation services in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

ADB’s loan will be used to build 136km of water pipe system to replace defective water pipeline network in South Dehradun region.

Upon completion, the project is expected to benefit nearly 40,000 people, who will have access to a reliable and continuous water supply.

The loan will also be used for installing water meters at 5,400 households to support efficient water usage.

Additionally, it will be used for the creation of sewage treatment plants in Dehradun, and associated infrastructure that includes 256km of enclosed underground sewer and 117km of stormwater drainage networks.

Upon completion, 17,410 households will be connected to this sewerage system, which will replace the ageing treatment plant. It will feature advanced technology and trunk sewer rehabilitation in Nainital.

The project will also have a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and geographic information system (GIS) that will deliver real-time data for monitoring.

In addition to SCADA and GIS technologies, it will have four computerised maintenance and management systems across the city to manage and maintain water supply and sanitation infrastructures.

The sewage treatment project is estimated to benefit 138,000 residents, which includes 15,000 poor and vulnerable people living in urban areas.

ADB has also agreed to provide a technical assistance (TA) grant of $250,000 from its Technical Assistance Special Fund as well as $750,000 grant from its Climate Change Fund to bolster climate-resilient urban planning in Uttarakhand.

ADB South Asia senior urban development specialist Na Won Kim said: “This project will enhance the water supply and sanitation infrastructure in Dehradun and Nainital to provide reliable and efficient water supply and sanitation services.

“ADB’s support will help improve the country’s health conditions through innovative and climate-resilient investment and deeper institutional support.”


The sewage treatment project is estimated to benefit 138,000 residents. Credit: Asian Development Bank.


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