ADB to fund US$206m for Tamil Nadu infra projects

The US$206 million loan agreement signed between the Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will enhance existing state infrastructure in the state

December 3, 2019

The project will modernise infrastructure in the cities of Ambur, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, and Vellore through multiple initiatives

The project will see 230 km of feeder mains, 200 km of new transmission mains, in addition to two new water treatment plants

Sewage treatment, drainage and collection points and project for the reuse of wastewater in industrial belts have also been proposed

Vision 2023 formulated by the state government aims to boost access to housing, water & sanitation, energy, transportation, etc.

A US$206 million loan that will help upgrade existing sewerage infrastructure, improve water supply and enhance the current capabilities of the urban local bodies in the state of Tamil Nadu has been signed by the Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The project will aim to enhance the quality of infrastructure in the cities of Ambur, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, and Vellore through multiple initiatives. The project will see the laying of 1,260 km of new water distribution lines through the cities of Madurai and Tiruppur that will help supply metered water to nearly 190,000 households. 

The project also includes 230 km of feeder mains as well as 200 km of new transmission mains, in addition to two new water treatment plants. Sewage treatment, drainage and collection points as well as wastewater reuse are also expected to set up throughout the entire route of the project. Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission said that the project interventions will benefit residents, workers, and industries in the state’s economic corridors thereby building industrial competitiveness and creating good jobs. It will support urban reform agenda such as better service delivery through private operators and with quality benchmarking.

Apart from advancements in water infrastructure, Tamil Nadu holds the recognition of being one of the first states to have a 100 per cent road connectivity. The State is also well connected through railways, seven airports, 23 minor ports, and three major ports. Vision 2023 formulated by the state government aims to provide ‘best infrastructure services in India in terms of access to housing, water & sanitation, energy, transportation, irrigation, connectivity, healthcare, and education’. As part of the strategic initiatives listed in Vision 2023, the state recognizes the role of public-private partnerships in equipping the local economy with state of the art infrastructure. 

Strategic initiatives such as the loan signed by the Government of India and the Asian Development Bank will continue to enhance the quality and expand the scope of public infrastructure.