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India signs $100 million loan agreement with World Bank

The finance ministry says the funds will be used to improve piped water supply in cities in Karnataka over a period of six years

New Delhi: The Indian government on Tuesday signed a $100 million (about 677 crore) loan agreement with multilateral lending agency World Bank for the Karnataka urban water supply modernisation project.

The project aims to provide access to a continuous piped water supply in various cities in Karnataka and strengthen the service delivery arrangements at the city level, a finance ministry statement said.

The Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development & Finance Corp. (KUIDFC) is the implementing agency for the project, it added.

The project will have four broad components—capital investment programme, institution building, technical assistance for sector development and project management.

It will be implemented over a period of six years, initially in the twin cities of Hubballi and Dharwad, with provision for other eligible cities to join the project at a later date, the statement said.

It will help the Hubballi and Dharwad Municipal Corp. set up a city-level water utility that will take over water supply operations from the professional operating company at the end of its contract period.

It will benefit about one million residents of Hubballi and Dharwad, including estimated 160,000 slum dwellers. The agreement was signed by the department of economic affairs joint secretary Raj Kumar on behalf of India and World Bank’s India acting country director Michael Haney.