World bank to send team to Haryana for assitance in projects

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New Delhi, Oct 14 (UNI) World Bank has decided to send a multi-sectoral team to Haryana for providing assistance in various diversified projects worth Rs 12,648 crore.

Haryana has submitted proposals for funding for major infrastructural development of Highways, Water Supply&Sanitation and Power in the state.

This decision was taken in a meeting held at Washington between Haryana delegation led by the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and World Bank Officials for reviewing the project proposals for the projects.

It was informed by the officials of the World Bank that the Bank is preparing a Business Plan for Haryana.

A team from World Bank would visit Haryana during the end of October this year to study the project for the improvement of State Highways and creating High Speed Corridors (HSC) which is in the advance stage of approval.

The project of Rs 5,888 crore (1,177.60 million dollars) which aimed at the improvement of State Highways and creating HSC included up-gradation of 494 Kms of state highways to four lanes, widening of 1,033 Kms of state highways and widening of major district roads to 10 meters width.

The second proposal to provide civic amenities to 41 towns, mainly to improve the water supply, sanitation, sewerage, roads, streetlights, parks and solid waste management with a project outlay of Rs 2,957 crore (643 million dollars) was discussed in the meeting. The state government has already submitted this project to the Planning Commission for approval. The Bank assured that this project would be taken up on priority basis.

The third proposal for the renovation, modernisation and upgrading of power generation and strengthening of transmission and distribution system with an outlay of Rs 3,803.37 crore was also discussed.

This proposal is already with the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Government of India.

On the concern shown by World Bank officials in the environmental aspects especially for the Yamuna-Action-Plan and their stress on the recharging of surface and ground water resources, the Chief Minister apprised them that the state government has already initiated measures for the recharging of the water bodies.

The approval for the new urban and Industrial zones would be subject to 100 per cent recycling of water and 100 per cent harvesting of water in the buildings.

UNI

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