Major boost to WSSS network of Shimla:160 mn program on the ‘anvil’ with WB 

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Shimla, Sep 20
The State Government is currently in final negotiations with the World bank to provide assistance of 160 million US dollars for Himachal Pradesh Water Supply and Sewerage Service Delivery Program .
State Principal Secretary Urban Development Rajneesh said that negotiation was held today for seeking financial assistance of US dollar -160 million (Rs 1168 Cr) from World Bank with Department of Economic Affairs (DEA)  for HPWS&SdP  in which official of Ministry of Finance also remained present.
He said that this is the final negotiation and the State Council of Ministers on Aug 24 , 2021 had approved the Negotiation Package for the program.
The financal assistance is to be used for funding Shimla Water Supply & Sewerage Services for improvement of those in Greater Shimla Area with a total financial outlay of $ 250 Mn (INR 1825 Cr).
Out of  USD 250 Mn (Rs 1825 Cr); World Bank would be  provide Financial assistance to the tune of 160 Mn ( Rs  1168 Cr) and rest amount of  90 Mn ( Rs 657 Cr) is to be borne by the state it self .
The principal motive of  project is to provide domestic and commercial 24×7 water supply in MC Shimla and strengthen the sewerage services including components of augmentation of Shimla Water Supply from River Satluj with additional 67 MLD to meet the water demand upto 2050.  The project also seeks to replace the distribution pipe network across MC Shimla to upgrade it to 24×7 water supply system
Also the plan includes bulk water Supply to Shimla Peri-Urban areas to meet the water demand of Special Area Development Authority/ies (SADA) Kufri, Shoghi, Ghanahatti and  additional planning areas up to 2050.
The project envisages water lifting from Satluj near village Shakrodi, involving lifting to a height of 1.6 km and pipe laying of 22 km to augment 67 MLD water at Sanjauli.
Additionally,  sewerage network in areas of Mehli-Panthaghati, Tutu and Mashobra will be provided. The project will be completed by 2026.
The Department of UD has been able to secure this funding from the WB and MoF despite fiscal constraints posed due to Covid 19. The negotiated Program Appraisal Document will now be  posed to the Board of Bank for the  final approval, which is expected within a month.
This will be a major boost in augmenting Water Supply &Sewerage network in Shimla. The effective date of fund disbursement will be Jan 1, 2022 and funding will be for tenure of five years.

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