Asian Development Bank will provide USD 200 million loans to Maharashtra for rural road project


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved USD 200 million (about Rs 1,400 crore) loan to upgrade about 2,100 kilometers of rural roads to all-weather standards in Maharashtra’s 34 districts for better connecting rural areas with markets and services.

  • The road upgrades would link the local and rural residents to the markets and will in turn help in boosting the agricultural productivity and incomes.
  • The project would also work with the Maharashtra Rural Road Development Association (MRRDA), to develop climate resilient design, road asset management etc.
  • A technical assistance grant of USD 1 million for institutional strengthening of the MRRDA is to be given for enhancing its management performances.
  • The state of Maharashtra accounts for 8% of the total road incidents in India.
  • The states’ agriculture accounts for about 47% of employment and contributes 11% to the state gross domestic product.