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ADB approves $200M loan to improve sanitation in Indian cities

  • ADB approves $200M loan to improve sanitation in Indian cities

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Asian Development Bank
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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $200 million loan to improve solid waste management and sanitation in Indian cities.

ADB’s financing will support the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission–Urban 2.0 which commits all cities to be garbage free by 2026. The Swachh Bharat Mission2.0–Comprehensive Municipal Waste Management in Indian Cities Program will introduce international best practices, new technologies, and mainstream climate- and disaster-resilient approaches in municipal solid waste management. It will strengthen women’s participation in sanitation and service delivery and harness private sector participation.

“Municipal waste management is a major issue in India’s rapidly growing urban centers. This ADB program will help develop municipal solid waste management and sanitation facilities and practices in 100 cities across eight states,” said ADB Urban Development Specialist Alexandra Conroy. “Having a clean environment free from garbage and pollution coupled with quality urban basic services like water supply and sanitation will ensure that citizens are healthy, happy, and productive—essential to the country’s sustainable economic growth.”

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $200 million loan to improve solid waste management and sanitation in Indian cities

ADB’s support will upgrade and establish waste management facilities such as bio-methanation plants, composting plants, managed landfills, material recovery facilities, and plastic waste processing facilities. It will also support the construction of communal toilets and urinals and the purchase of sweeping equipment. These facilities and delivery of urban services will include climate- and disaster-resilient, gender equality and social inclusion-responsive features.

The program will build urban local bodies’ capacity on waste management and sanitation, encourage peer-to-peer learning, and proactively engage with the private sector. It will help conduct annual reviews and progress updates of citywide solid waste and sanitation action plans. Training and awareness campaigns for sanitation workers and communities will be conducted to improve waste segregation and waste collection.

ADB will provide an additional $3.15 million technical assistance (TA) grant from its Urban Resilience Trust Fund, Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund, and the Sanitation Financing Partnership Trust Fund. The TA grant will support program implementation, capacity building of selected states on financial management and monitoring and evaluation and facilitate twinning or city-to-city partnerships.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

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