In India, a boost to power, water supply

A child playing with a tap in India. The Japan International Cooperation Agency has approved procurement packages for projects improving energy transmission and rural water supply in the country. Photo by: Rohan Babu / CC BY-ND

Procurement packages for two projects aiming to boost energy transmission and rural water supply in two Indian states will be up for bidding in October and November 2013.

On Sept. 28, Japan International Cooperation Agency signed two loan agreements with the Indian government worth 98 million yen ($1.26 million). The bulk of the money  60.7 million yen  will be used for the construction of transmission lines and substations in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The Tamil Nadu Transmission System Improvement Project aims to stabilize power supply in the state, where more than 200 Japanese companies have offices, according to a press release. The state is affected by frequent power outages, which is a major problem across the Asian country. India is among the largest consumers of energy around the world, ranking fifth in 2011, according to Enerdata.

The remaining 37.59 million yen, meanwhile, will be used for the construction of water supply facilities. It will also help provide for consulting services, awareness campaigns and boosting the diagnosis capacity of medical personnel, according to the press release. Invitation for consulting services will be released in November.

The project will help people in the state of Rajasthan have access to safe water. Residents have often resorted to using groundwater containing excess fluoride due to limited surface water availability. But such practices result in dental problems, among others.

The Tamil Nadu project is expected to be finished in 2016. The Rajasthan project, meanwhile, will be completed in 2017. Executing agencies are the Tamil Nadu Transmission Corp. Ltd. and the Public Health Engineering Department of Rajasthan.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.