India: Assam Electricity Distribution System Enhancement Project (AIIB-000315)

  • India
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  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
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Government of India
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  • Energy
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 386.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 482.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS May 13, 2020

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Project Description

According to the bank's website, "The project aims to strengthen Assam's electricity distribution system, comprising networks at 33Kilo-Volts (KV) level and below, by a) constructing new 33/11KV substations at important load centers, b) laying of new 33KV and 11KV overhead distribution lines, and c) installation of new High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) at select locations to improve reliability and to reduce the distribution losses. The project will comprise three components:

Component One: Construction of approximately 196 nos. of 33/11KV substations with the associated 33KV and 11KV distribution lines.

Component Two: Construction of approximately 1,100 HVDS to replace the existing low voltage network.

Component Three: Technical Assistance including the hiring of Project Management Consultants during project preparation and implementation and other measures to improve the capacity of the Implementing Agency."

Investment Description
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Government of Assam US$ 96 million

Private Actors
Contact Information

Hari Bhaskar
Senior Investment Operations Specialist

Prasanna V. Salian
Deputy Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Finance

Implementing Agency
Deepak Sarmah
Chief Project Manager and Director - PMU


In addition, the AIIB has a Bank Oversight Mechanism. According to AIIB's policies, "people who believe they have been or are likely to be adversely affected by a failure of the Bank to implement the ESP may also submit complaints to the Bank's oversight mechanism in accordance with the policies and procedures to be established by the Bank for such mechanism." However, at the time of writing, it is unclear what the exact scope and function of this Oversight Mechanism will be.