Agartala: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a project submitted by the state urban development department, amounting Rs 1,650 crore, for infrastructure development in seven district headquarters of Tripura, except for the capital city.

The ADB will provide Rs 1,650 crore, of which 80% is grant-in-aid. The state will have to repay 20% loan in due course of time, said a senior official.

Some of the projects include piped water supply, underground drainage, underground sewage or scientific seepage management, roads with pavement, etc, in the seven district headquarters of the state — Khowai, Ambassa, Dharmanagar, Kailashahar, Udaipur, Bishramganj and Belonia.

The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) under the Union ministry of finance approved the project in its 89th Screening Committee meeting held in North Block, New Delhi on November 15 last year.

Subsequently, the Union ministry of external affairs, ministry of housing and urban affairs and ministry of home affairs approved this project.

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Accordingly, the ADB had sent consultation mission to Agartala on December 21, 2018 to seek the feasibility of Project Readiness Financing (PFR) & Technical Assistance (TA) for preparations of Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (DPRs) of this project. ADB recommended for PFR & TA of Rs 21 crore for this project.

The proposal of PFR for Rs 21 crore has been approved by the screening committee of DEA, ministry of finance in North Block, New Delhi on June 14. Now, the urban development department of Tripura will start preparing DPRs with the assistance of ADB for speedy execution of the project.

There has been no provision of any funding for development of district headquarters in Tripura other than Agartala till date. However, various funding under AMRUT, Smart City Mission, etc, is coming only for Agartala city. Other district towns have so far been neglected.

Now, the state government for the first time has taken concrete decision in this regard.

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