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Rs 1371.4 crore ADB assistance for NE states
Published on 1 Mar. 2009 12:40 AM IST
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In order to accelerate development of five capital cities in the Northeast, the Centre has approved Rs 1371.4 crore assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB) under the North Eastern Region Urban Development Programme Phase-I. Tripura urban development minister Manik Dey on Saturday said that the programme would be implemented over a period of 6-7 years in Agartala, Shillong, Aizawl, Kohima and Gangtok to support infrastructure components of water supply, sewerage and solid waste management, besides institutional development and capacity building. The water supply component will include upgradation and rehabilitation of the existing distribution network, augmentation of treatment capacity, replacement of old and inefficient machinery and equipment, Dey said. In respect of solid waste management, the components would include improvement of collection efficiency in accordance with solid waste handling rules, introduction of house to house collection system, development of new disposal sites and composite plants, underground sewerage system, provision of low cost sanitation facilities, construction of sewerage treatment plants. In the water supply sector, programme activities were scheduled for completion by 2011 for Gangtok and Kohima, 2013 for Aizawl and by 2014 for Agartala. In the sewerage and sanitation sector, programme activities would be completed by 2014 and in solid waste management system, programme activities are expected to be completed by 2013 for Kohima and Agartala and by 2014 for Aizawl, Gangtok and Shillong, Dey added.

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