World Bank loan approved for dam rehab, other projects in India

The World Bank has approved $780 million to fund infrastructure projects in India, including $350 million for dam improvements, wire services reported.

The funding will comprise $350 million for improving 220 dams and $430 million for improving Mumbai’s suburban railway, according to wire reports.

The Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project aims to improve the safety and sustainable performance of selected dams in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, and Tamil Nadu, media reports from the region indicate. The project also is intended to strengthen the institutional, legal and technical framework for dam safety assurance within India’s government and in the participating states, according to reports.

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