AIIB to provide $304 million for Assam Power Transmission Project

The Finance Ministry has announced that, the Central government has signed a loan agreement with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) for the Assam Power Transmission Project.

Key Points

  • The loan agreement was signed worth $304 million.
  • This loan will be used for strengthening electricity transmission system in the state of Assam.
  • The agreement for the AIIB Loan was signed by acting director-general of investment operations at AIIB, Rajat Mishra and the Joint Secretary at the Economic Affairs Department, Baldeo Purushartha.
  • Total estimated cost of the Power Transmission project in Assam is $365 million.
  • Out of this, $304 million will be provided by AIIB.
  • Rest of the amount will be provided by the state government of Assam.
  • This loan from AIIB has a maturity period of 24 years and a grace period of 5 years.
  • This loan amount from the AIIB will be used to improve the existing power transmission network in Assam.

About Assam Power Transmission Project

  • This power transmission project will build new networks in the state that will ensure the affordable and reliable power supply in state.
  • The project will also address the substantial energy deficit that the state of Assam face because of congestion in transmission networks and electricity distribution.
  • The project comprises of the laying down of a transmission line and construction of 10 transmission substations.
  • Further, 15 existing substations will also be upgraded under the project while,
  • Some of the existing transmission lines will be converted into the optical power wire.
  • This project will help in reducing greenhouse emissions.
  • It will also improve the quality of power supply to the consumers.
  • The project also seeks to strengthen existing intra-state transmission network in the state by connecting it with new networks which will help in achieving the affordable, reliable, secure and efficient power.




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