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India, ADB and Government of Assam Sign a $81 Million Loan Agreement

The Government of India, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Assam signed a $81 million loan agreement for Tranche 1 of the Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Program (AUIIP) which aims to bring clean, piped water to about 350,000 residents of Guwahati, as well as upgrade wastewater treatment and urban transport. In Dibrugarh, solid waste management and drainage infrastructure will also be improved.

The signatories were Shri Venu Rajamony, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India, and Mr. Hun Kim, ADB Country Director for India. Dr. Ashish Kumar Bhutani, Commissioner & Secretary, Guwahati Development Department signed the project agreement on behalf of Government of Assam.

The $200 million multi-tranche financing facility is to help Government of Assam with long-term funding for Urban Development. The Urban transport component of the first tranche of $81 million includes development of a 10-kilometer rapid transit corridor for buses in Guwahati, which is expected to serve more than 40,000 people daily, shorten travel time and cut greenhouse gas emissions. 

In Dibrugarh, solid waste collection coverage will increase to more than 80% of households and will include recycling. Drainage in the city will be improved by removing waste from waterways and by widening and rebuilding flood relief culverts, bridges and sluice gates. A new treatment plant, pipes and pumping stations will be built in Guwahati.

Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs Shri Rajamony said that the water supply subproject will significantly augment supply and improve the quality of drinking water and wastewater treatment. Environmentally safe disposal of sewage and solid waste will help reduce water-borne diseases and improve public hygiene and health.



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