ADB to provide $206 million credit for Tamil Nadu water supply and sewerage infrastructure

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Centre on Monday signed a $206 million (S$281.5 million) loan to develop water supply and sewerage infrastructure in five cities of Tamil Nadu and strengthen capacities of urban local bodies for improved service delivery.

This is the second project loan for the ADB-supported $500 million (S$683.2 million) multi-tranche financing for Tamil Nadu Urban Flagship Investment Programme, which was approved in September 2018. The programme will overall develop climate-resilient water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in ten cities of the State. The first project under the programme with $169 million (S$ 230.9 million) financing is currently under implementation, says a press release from ADB.

The signatories to the loan agreement were Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs in India’s Ministry of Finance, and Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission.

The project is aimed at improving the lives of the urban people in the identified cities of Tamil Nadu by providing universal access to water supply and sanitation and improving sewage treatment and drainage systems. Project initiatives are also expected to help the State develop the requisite ecosystem for economic growth,” said Khare.

According to Yokoyama, the project interventions will benefit residents, workers and industries in the State’s economic corridors thereby building industrial competitiveness and creating good jobs. It also supports urban reform agenda such as better service delivery through private operators and with quality benchmarking.

The project will target four cities – Ambur, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, and Vellore – for developing sewage collection and treatment and drainage systems by setting up or rehabilitating sewage treatment plants, pumping stations, and connecting all households in the project area to the sewerage network, including below poverty line households.

Wastewater reuse for industry will also be achieved in at least four cities. Improvement to water supply systems would be targeted in the cities of Madurai and Tiruppur through commissioning of over 1,260km of new distribution lines to connect nearly 1.90 lakh (0.19 million) households with metered water supply, including below poverty line households. In addition, nearly 200km of new transmission mains and 230km of feeder mains would be constructed along with two new water treatment plants.

The project will also strengthen the capacity of the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration in Tamil Nadu for new project development, and monitoring and benchmarking quality of services across the 135 urban local bodies in the State, the release added.