World Bank and AIIB approve loan for $ 300 million drinking water projects in Punjab

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The World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have approved a loan of US $ 300 million (about Rs 2,190 crore) for canal-based drinking water projects in Punjab.

The project aims to ensure quality drinking water and minimize water losses for Amritsar and Ludhiana, according to a statement from the government of Punjab.

The entire project will be co-financed by the IBRD (World Bank) – USD 105 million, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – USD 105 million and the government of Punjab – USD 90 million, according to an official spokesperson.

In the Amritsar project, the source of surface water supply is the upper Bari Doab canal and a 440 MLD (million liters per day) water treatment plant will be built in the village of Vallah, Amritsar to treat surface water, added the spokesperson.

After treatment, the clean water will be pumped to the overhead service tanks (OHSRs), which would allow city residents to maintain a continuous water supply.

The infrastructure was designed to meet the demand for water for 30 years. This would benefit the people of Amritsar with an estimated population of 14.51 lakh in 2025 and 22.11 lakh in 2055.

Likewise, the water supply source for the Ludhiana Project is the Sirhind Canal and a 580 MLD water treatment plant will be built to treat surface water.

After treatment, the clean water will be pumped into the OHSR, which will allow city residents to maintain a continuous water supply.

This would benefit the people of Ludhiana with an estimated population of 20.76 lakh in 2025 and 29.35 lakh in 2055.

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