World Bank signs agreement for drinking water, sanitation project in Kerala
New Delhi, February 16, 2012
The Legal Agreement of the World Bank-aided Rs 1022 crore Second Kerala Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Project was signed yesterday in the presence of State Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram.
Venu Rajamony, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance for Government of India, Hubert Nove Josserand, Operations Advisor on behalf of the World Bank, V.J. Kurian, Principal Secretary Water Resources Department on behalf of Kerala Government and Ashok Kumar Singh, Executive Director on behalf of the Project were the signatories.
According to an official press release, the project envisages potable drinking water facility and sanitation interventions to about 1.84 million rural people covering 200 village panchayats in a period of five and half years at a total cost of Rs 1022 crore.
The first phase of the project implemented from 2000 to 2008 covered a population of 1.3 million people in 112 village panchayats. The project was awarded position of first runner-up in the "People First Award" competition by the World Bank in the year 2008.
The second phase is designed to provide more benefits to the communities than in the first phase.