Urban mobility set to get push in Mizoram with ADB loan of $4.5 mn

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New Delhi: The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a $4.5 million project readiness financing (PRF) loan to improve urban mobility in Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram.

The ensuing project, being developed through the PRF, seeks to resolve the city’s transport problems by adopting sustainable urban mobility solutions, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.

Urban mobility in Aizawl, the centre of Mizoram’s administrative and service industry, is severely constrained due to rapid and unplanned urbanization.

This results in traffic congestion on narrow road widths, and adversely impacts road safety, efficiency in movement of people and goods, and environmental sustainability, the Ministry said.

The PRF will conduct feasibility studies for prioritized projects identified in the CMP, and prepare detailed project reports and detailed designs for the ensuing project.

It will help develop institutional capacity of the state’s Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Department in pre-implementation and project preparation activities, it said.

“Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, in the Ministry of Finance signed for the Government of India the PRF for the proposed Aizawl Sustainable Urban Transport Project, while Mr Takeo Konishi, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission signed for ADB,” the statement read.

After signing the agreement, Mishra said, “The PRF supports the development of long-term solutions to improve urban mobility in Aizawl by identifying high-priority urban transport investments for the ensuing project and enhance its readiness by supporting due diligence and other preparatory activities.”

“The PRF will develop a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for Aizawl that outlines the urban transport development strategy and build synergies with urban development planning initiatives in the state, and promote climate and disaster resilience, and gender inclusiveness in its interventions,” he added.