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India & ADB sign $200 m loan to improve rural road connectivity in Maharashtra


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of India on Monday signed a $200 million loan to upgrade rural roads to all-weather standards in 34 districts of Maharashtra, to improve road safety and better connect rural areas with markets and services.


The project is expected to improve the condition of about 2,100 km of rural roads to all-weather standards, with climate resilience and safety features, connecting rural communities with productive agricultural areas and socio-economic centres. Provision of contractual maintenance for 5 years following construction has also been provided under the project, said a release.


Maharashtra has an extensive road network, with rural roads making up two-thirds of the network. But more than half of these rural roads are unsealed, making them unsuitable for motorised traffic and impassable during the rainy season. Road safety has been a growing concern, with the state accounting for over 8 per cent of all fatal road accidents in India.


Accompanying the loan is a technical assistance grant of $1 million for institutional strengthening of the MRRDA in areas such as road asset management, road safety, climate-resilient design and construction and web-based real-time project monitoring. Outreach for road users will be carried out in the state to enhance awareness of road safety, gender issues, including human trafficking, and enhancing women’s road construction and maintenance skills, the release added.

 

Source : Exim News Service - New Delhi, Sept. 10

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