ADB to provide $451 million to strengthen grid in southern India

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Indian government have signed a $451 million loan agreement to strengthen power connectivity between the southern and northern parts of the Chennai–Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The state government aims to develop the northern Chennai–Tiruchirappalli area of the Chennai–Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor as a manufacturing center. It will also target the relatively poor southern Madurai–Thoothukudi area for renewables development because of the local wind and solar resources.

The Chennai–Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor is part of the East Coast Economic Corridor, in which the ADB is the Indian government’s lead development partner.

“The project will help government of Tamil Nadu meet the increasing demand for power supply from industry and commercial enterprises in the state through transfer of power from new generation facilities, including renewable energy, in the southern Chennai–Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor to the industrial hubs in the state’s northern region,” said Sameer Kumar Khare, an official from India’s Ministry of Finance.

The installation will also build the operational capacity of state-owned Tamil Nadu Transmission Corp. To support this, the ADB has also approved a complementary technical assistance grant of $650,000.