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Press Release

May 15, 2015

JICA extends ODA loan of 21,787 million Japanese Yen (approx. Rs 1,150 crore) to augment power transmission infrastructure in Odisha
The assistance will enhance reliability of power supply and delivery of power from upcoming power plants to energy deficient areas, promoting regional economic growth

New Delhi, May 15 2015: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today signed an agreement with the Government of India to provide 21,787 million Japanese Yen (approx. Rs 1,150 crore) Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan to augment power transmission infrastructure in Odisha. The agreement was signed by Shinya Ejima, Chief Representative, JICA India Office with S Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. The assistance will provide forsubstations and transmission lines across Odisha to enhance the stability of power system and reliability of power supply and reduce transmission loss in the state with increasing electricity demand due to rapid economic growth.

As a consequence of remarkable economic growth of Odisha, one of the fastest among the states, which is expected to mark around 9% in 2014-15, the installed power generation capacity in Odisha is expected to increase from 5,511 MW in 2014-15 to 10,932 MW by 2021-22. This increased power generation is required to address upcoming energy needs from rural and urban households and commercial complexes, irrigation, industries such as steel, aluminium and petro-chemicals manufacturing and IT in Odisha and in neighbouring states. Beside the generation capacity increase along with the economic growth, now the development of power transmission network that deliver the generated electricity has become an important challenge.

Availability of uninterrupted and stable electricity is a precursor to sustained economic growth across urban and rural areas. The assistance will further development of an efficient, coordinated and economical system of intra-state power transmission, in tandem with regional requirement for uninterrupted power supply from surplus regions to deficit regions.

"Availability of affordable and stable power is one of the prerequisites to realizing the growth potential of a region, and is intertwined with enhancing the pace of socio-economic development and quality of life. The augmentation of the transmission system in Odisha will contribute towards the endeavor of providing 24x7 electricity to industrial, agricultural, commercial and household consumers," said Ejima, Chief Representative, JICA India Office.

The civil works for the construction of substations and transmission lines would be carried out by Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited, Government of Odisha, and will be completed in phases by 2020. From the view point of disaster prevention, it is planned to install substations in this project that are resistant to natural disasters.

JICA has extended JPY 65,021 million (approx. Rs 3,400 crore) in ODA loans since 1981 for all-round development in Odisha. The initiatives facilitated by the ODA loans include the Rengali Irrigation Project to enhance irrigated land area, the project for forest resource management and generation of more remunerative non-timbre forest produce and the project for sewerage network development in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

JICA has extended JPY 1,241,200million (approx. 65,260crore) in ODA loans since 1958 for enhancement of power generation and transmission infrastructure in India. The assistance has enabled development of 9.3 GW of power generation capacity through initiatives including construction of Bakreswar thermal power station in West Bengal, construction of Dhauliganga hydroelectric power plant in Uttarakhand, renovation & modernization of Umiam Stage II hydropower station in Meghalaya among others; and enhancement of power transmission and distribution infrastructure in Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

About JICA

Established as an independent administrative institution, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries and provides assistance in form of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.

JICA India Office Web: http://www.jica.go.jp/india/english/
JICA India Brochure: http://www.jica.go.jp/india/english/office/others/brochures.html

For further information, please contact:
JICA India Office
Ai Tachikawa/ Vini Sharma
+91 11 47685500
Tachikawa.Ai@jica.go.jp / sharmavini.id@jica.go.jp

MSLGROUP India
Davesh Mathur
+91 9811549035
davesh.mathur@mslgroup.com

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