ADB to provide USD 91 mn loan for Vijayanagara Channel

New Delhi, Nov 18 (PTI) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide USD 91 million loan to modernise the Vijayanagara Channel irrigation systems and prepare river basin management plans in the Krishna river.

The basin management plan will help improve irrigation water use efficiency and contribute to improve sustainable water security in Karnataka, said the multilateral lending agency after signing the agreement with the government regarding the loan.

The investment programme, consisting of two project loans, will help Karnataka''s water agencies better draw up and roll out effective river basin management plans.

One of the projects is helping the modernisation of the Gondi irrigation system and supporting the state with preparing a new water resources policy and other water governance strengthening activities.

The projects are also tackling inefficient water use in agriculture that accounts for over 84 per cent of the state''s total water use.

This will improve water availability to meet the rising demand from other users in the state, ADB said. PTI NKD HRS


Disclaimer: This story has not been edited by Outlook Staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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