The government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) entered a loan agreement worth USD 300 million to finance inclusive and sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure and services in 14 secondary towns of the state of Rajasthan.
The project aims to provide better quality and more sustainable water supply and sanitation (WSS) services in the project towns that will improve quality of life in these towns.
The investments in WSS with 10-year operation and maintenance contracts will ensure improved and sustainable service delivery in line with the state government’s urban sector development plan.
Through this project, water supply systems in at least eight project towns are expected to improve by 2027, benefiting over 5,70,000 people. Citywide sanitation systems will benefit around 7,20,000 people in at least 14 secondary towns.
The project will strengthen institutional capacity of local governments and the Rajasthan Urban Drinking Water, Sewerage, and Infrastructure Corporation, a corporate entity established with ADB’s technical support.
Moreover, enhanced support to women and vulnerable groups will be provided through skills training, paid internships, community engagement and awareness activities.