India, ADB signed USD 60 Million loan agreement to reduce floods in Assam

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India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a USD 60 million loan agreement to reduce floods and the riverbank erosion in Assam. This Tranche 2 loan is part of the USD 120 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) of the ADB for the Assam Integrated Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program. The program was approved by the ADB Board in October 2010.

The loan agreement aims to continue financing riverbank protection works, renovation of flood embankments, and community-based flood risk management activities in critically flood-prone areas along the Brahmaputra River in Assam.

• It will fund a combination of structural and nonstructural measures in the three subproject areas of Palasbari-Gumi, Kaziranga, and Dibrugarh along the Brahmaputra River.

• It includes 20 km of riverbank protection works and upgrading of 13 km of flood embankments.

• The non-structural measures will cover community involvement and community-based flood risk management activities through establishing and training disaster management committees.

• It will continue to support the institutional capacity development of the autonomous bodies, namely, Flood and River Erosion Management Agency of Assam (FREMAA), and Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), as the executing and implementing agencies for this Project.