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India, ADB sign USD 100 million loan agreement to upgrade power distribution system in Bengaluru

India, ADB sign USD 100 million loan agreement to upgrade power distribution system in Bengaluru
India, ADB sign USD 100 million loan agreement to upgrade power distribution system in Bengaluru

India, ADB sign USD 100 million loan agreement to upgrade power distribution system in Bengaluru

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $100 million loan agreement to modernise and upgrade the power distribution system to enhance the quality and reliability of electricity supply in Bengaluru city in the state of Karnataka.

The Agreement Signed by

The signatories to the Bengaluru Smart Energy Efficient Power Distribution Project were Dr. C. S. Mohapatra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance who signed for the Government of India, and Mr. Hoe Yun Jeong, Officer-in-Charge of ADB’s India Resident Mission, who signed for ADB.

Highlights with Details - India, ADB sign USD 100 million loan agreement to upgrade power distribution system in Bengaluru

Beside the $100 million sovereign loan, ADB will provide a $90 million without sovereign guarantee loan for the project to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM), one of five state-owned distribution utilities in Karnataka.

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In parallel to underground distribution cables, over 2,800 km of fiber optical cables will be installed to strengthen communication network. Moving about 7,200 km of distribution lines underground will help reduce technical and commercial losses by about 30%. The fiber optical cables will be used for smart metering systems, distribution automation system (DAS) in the distribution grid, and other communication networks. The project will install 1,700 automated ring main units adapted with a DAS to monitor and control the distribution line switchgears from the control centre.

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The loan will strengthen the capacity of BESCOM in operation and maintenance of underground cabling, environment and social safeguards, financial management and commercial financing. Improved financial management capability will help BESCOM access domestic and international commercial financing market.

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