Asian Development Bank for eight NE states

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Aizawl, Oct 10 (UNI) Supply of drinking water in Aizawl town topped the list of the Asian Development Bank's working plan for its North-Eastern Region Urban Development Project (NERUDP), which covers all northeast capitals.

Under the proposed NERUDP, the ADB will fund for sustainable urban development in areas of water supply, sanitation and sewerage, solid waste management, drainage and landslip protection, roads and street lighting and community upgradation.

After meeting the state chief secretary, Haukhum Hauzel, here today, the ADB official, Tatiana Gallego-Lizon, said that water supply project would be implemented first along with sewerage/drainage system. Once implemented, each individual in Aizawl will get 100 litres of water per day, he added.

Gallego-Lizon, who is accompanied by finance specialist&consultant P Krishnan, said the project was rescheduled for completion in two phases by 2014.

The ADB funded project will cover the eight Northeast states' capitals including Dibrugarh in Assam and will be implemented in two phases. About USD 350 has been earmarked for the first phase of which Aizawl will get Rs 298.58 crore.

Three-tier committees have been set up to monitor the projects as state steering committee headed by the chief secretary, investment programme empowered committee (IPEC) headed by finance commissioner and state investment programme management and implementation unit (SIPMIU) headed by a project director with officers and engineers as members.

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