ADB approves $96.3 M loan for safe drinking water in HP

The project will strengthen the capacity of the Jal Shakti Vibhag of the Government of Himachal Pradesh 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $96.3 million loan to provide safe drinking water and improve water supply and sanitation services of Himachal Pradesh (HP), under the Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project.

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 the Government of India, which aims to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024,” said ADB Unit Head of Project Administration on Urban Development and Water for South Asia Jude Kohlhase. “The project will upgrade water supply infrastructure and strengthen institutional capacity to ensure safe, sustainable, and inclusive rural water supply and sanitation services.” 

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. 

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