Highway projects mostly at risk in four states
Covid Corollaries: Projects mostly at risk in Maharashtra, UP, Tamil Nadu and AP. May 2020
In a bid to review and study developmental plans in Andhra Pradesh as well as the upcoming capital of Amaravati, the state government has reportedly set up a committee consisting of five members – urban planning experts. They have been charged with the responsibility to analyse the project plans that have been implemented up until now and recommend an extensive strategy to ensure that the state is developing and growing on all fronts. The newly formed committee has been directed to submit the report around mid-December.
The move is seen in the backdrop of the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Invest Bank’s (AIIB) decision to withhold funding and withdrawing their support for the Amaravati project. Reportedly, the organisations in total were going to previously provide funding of $500 million, while the Andhra Pradesh Government was going to contribute $200 million.
At a recent AIIB event in Mumbai, Laurel Ostfield, Director General & Company Spokesperson, AIIB, shared with CW, “We were co-financing this project with the World Bank, but are no longer funding it. The decision has been made by our investment committee, and the deliberations remain highly confidential.”
As per a statement released by World Bank, on July 15, the Government of India withdrew its request to the World Bank for financing the proposed Amaravati Sustainable Infrastructure and Institutional Development Project. The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has been informed that the proposed project is no longer under preparation following the government’s decision. However, the World Bank continues to support the state with over a $1 billion programme that covers the health, agriculture, energy and disaster management sectors.
Going by reports, it remains unclear if the formation of the committee is solely related to determining the scope of the Amaravati project or not. Further clarity is expected only post the submission of the requested report.