India and ADB sign loan agreement of Rs. 545 crore to improve urban services in Agartala and Aizwal

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New Delhi, January 28: To continue improving infrastructure in two North Eastern State Capital cities, The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed here today an $80million (approx Rs. 545 crore) loan agreement which is the third tranche of a $200 million financing facility under the North Eastern Region Capital cities Development Investment Program and will be used for investments in water supply, solid waste management and sanitation in Agartala and Aizwal.
ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region.

It will also support urban reforms, benefiting nearly a million people in the two cities. Previous program tranches have provided assistance to five other cities in the Northeast—Shillong (Meghalaya), Aizawl (Mizoram), Kohima (Nagaland), Gangtok (Sikkim) and Agartala (Tripura).

The loan agreement was signed by Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of Government of India and Teresa Kho, Country Director, ADB’s India Resident Mission on behalf of Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Separate subproject agreements under the third tranche were signed by Parmod Kumar, Director (UD), B.P. Das, Project Director (SIPMIU), Government of Tripura and Vanlalmawia Renthlei, Joint Secretary, Urban development & Poverty Alleviation Department, Government of Mizoram on behalf of Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of Tripura and Government of Mizoram respectively.

Urban infrastructure and services in the northeast of the country are grossly inadequate and this third tranche loan will help Agartala and Aizwal improve and expand services, as well as strengthening the institutional, managerial, and financial capacity of service institutions.

The loan will support further investments to increase access to sustainable and improved urban services, with Aizwal and Agartala cities, selected for financing under the third tranche of the program based on their progress on reforms and implementation performance under earlier tranches.”

The third tranche loan from ADB’s ordinary capital resources has a 20-year term. The Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the tranche 3 activities and overall program, which are both due for completion by June 2019.

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