Uttarakhand Climate Resilient Power System Development Project
The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have officially signed an agreement for a $200 million loan aimed at improving the quality, efficiency, and reliability of power supply in the state of Uttarakhand. The initiative involves upgrading the distribution system to minimize power outages, reduce technical losses, and seamlessly integrate and transmit renewable energy to load centers. The ADB funding will strengthen power system infrastructure, helping Uttarakhand achieve its goal of providing 24×7 power to residents.
The project will modernize Dehradun city’s power network infrastructure through the introduction of an advanced and climate-resilient underground cable system. This comprises 537 km of subterranean cables, 354 ring main units, and 99 compact substations.
Improving Power Distribution Reliability
In addition to modernization, the project will improve the power system by installing upstream substations and associated power lines. This strategic move aims to meet growing electricity demand, reduce network congestion, and enhance power distribution reliability in both urban and suburban areas.
Empowering Women in Rural Hilly Districts
The project extends its impact to rural hilly districts by empowering women self-help groups. It provides access to renewable energy sources and energy-efficient equipment, enhancing livelihoods. ADB will facilitate training programs, focusing on energy conservation and business management skills. Moreover, awareness and educational activities in schools will promote employment opportunities in the energy sector.
Japan Fund Support
The Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific, financed by the Government of Japan through ADB, will provide a $2 million grant. This grant supports livelihood enhancement, training, and awareness-raising activities within the project.
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