Himachal Pradesh Govt Signs Agreement For Shimla Water Supply & Sewerage Project
Himachal Pradesh Government, Government of India and World Bank have signed Development Policy loan I ( DPL 1 ) amounting Rs. 292 Crores out of total negotiated loan amount of Rs. 986 Crores to improve water supply and sewerage services in Greater Shimla Area in a meeting held at New Delhi.
Prabodh Saxena Principal Secretary Urban Development signed the loan agreement and Program agreement on behalf of Government of Himachal Pradesh whereas Sh Sameer Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, GoI signed the legal and program agreement on behalf of Government of India. Ms Bandana Preyasi, Director DEA was also present in the meeting. Sh. Junaid Ahmad, Country Director and Smt Smita Misra, Team Leader represented the World Bank in the meeting.
Various components will be covered under Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage Project which include construction of water supply system from Satluj and rehabilitation of Giri and Gumma pumping systems to supply 107 MLD at a cost of Rs 366 crore, improvement in water distribution and SCADA( Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition ) at a cost of Rs 270 crore, extension of sewage network at a cost of Rs 246 crore and rehabilitation and capacity addition of sewage treatment plants at a cost of Rs. 104 crore. These will ensure per capita supply of water to 135 lpcd ( Litre per capita per day) besides round the clock supply universal coverage.
This is first Development Policy Loan in the water sector, wherein the state government, in line with its commitment to provide world-class service delivery in water and sewerage services to its citizens, has undertaken policy level decisions in institutional reform, Volumetric tariff, water connections, energy efficiency and customer satisfaction. On successful achievement of all the prior action agreed with the World Bank, the state government has approached the DEA, GoI to negotiate the DPL1 with World Bank. The procurement process for the Bulk water project has already been initiated and will be completed as per the timelines agreed with World Bank in the negotiation meeting.
Sh. Vivek Mahajan, Dy. Resident Commissioner, Himachal Bhawan and Dr Dharmedra Gill, MD-cum-CEO, Shimla Jal Prabandhan Nigam Ltd (SJPNL) were also present during the signing of the agreement.