A World Bank team will visit Shimla in response to the Himachal Pradesh government&’s proposal for funding of Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage System, state Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes has said.

Stokes was speaking at a meeting with the representatives of the World Bank in Shimla on Friday following a proposal submitted by the state government to the World Bank for funding of the Rs. 643 crore for Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage System to cater to the city needs up to the Year 2048.

“The World Bank has deputed a six-member team of Water Supply Specialists for visiting Shimla,” Stokes said, adding that the team is on an Identification Mission to identify the technical, environmental, social, institutional and financial issues related to the project.

She said that the team has so far visited the Kol Dam site and inspected the distribution system in the town. The team will also explore the technical requirements of the designs to provide 24×7 water supplies in Shimla, she added.

The minister said that the World Bank team is also organising meetings and discussions with various stake-holders of the project and will have detailed inspections and discussions with the engineers associated with the Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage System.

“The team has agreed to the proposal of the state government and would be reframing the DPR as per the requirements of the World Bank guidelines,” she said.

The World Bank will be providing required technical and financial assistance through its experts and specialists, she added.

Secretary, Irrigation and Public Health, Anuradha Thakur and representatives of World Bank were also present at the meeting.