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QUESTION NO.3496 PROJECT IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

August 08, 2018

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3496
TO BE ANSWERED ON 08.08.2018


PROJECT IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

3496. SHRI SISIR KUMAR ADHIKARI:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government has any proposal to complete all foreign projects committed during the last five years in the neighbouring countries;

(b) if so, the details of bilateral projects with their present status;

(c) the funds allocated for the said projects and utilized during the above period, year-wise; and

(d) the timeline fixed for the completion of these projects and the funds required therefor?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]


(a) Yes.

(b) The Government has committed to a number of bilateral projects in the last five years under various modalities in our neighbouring countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In these countries, out of 167 committed projects, 58 projects have been completed and 109 projects are ongoing or under development, excluding Project Tied Assistance to Bhutan and quick impact Small Development Projects (SDPs). The projects span different sectors such as connectivity, energy, hydropower, roads, agriculture, other infrastructure, culture, capacity building, training and healthcare.

(c) The funds for the said projects are utilized from the budget allocated to the individual country. Details of expenditure incurred on projects during the last five years are as under:

S. No.

Aid to
Country

Grant Assistance (GA)
(Rs. Crore)
/ Line of Credit (LoC)
(US $ million)

Expenditure

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

1.

Afghanistan

GA

585.31

723.52

880.44

263.02

365.96

2.

Nepal

GA

381.37

303.26

309.94

332.72

376.62

LoC

0.67

9.10

9.19

91.30

16.28

3.

Myanmar

GA

164.86

104.34

117.07

123.62

223.55

LoC

0

0

6.96

4.48

31.73

4.

Sri Lanka

GA

420.80

499.70

403.80

99.16

77.89

LoC

2.07

8.21

4.36

5.33

41.61

5.

Maldives

GA

9.67

26.08

55.04

80.03

109.24

6.

Bangladesh

GA

604.66

197.84

155.68

82.59

78.02

LoC

13.12

13.68

69.63

91.30

40.11

7.

Bhutan

GA

3926.79

4395.17

5368.46

3441.47

2475.87



(d) The total value of all ongoing projects in the neighbourhood committed during the last five years is approximately Rs. 14,393 Crore. An assessment on fund requirement is made before each financial year based on progress in execution aligned with project implementation cycle. Timelines fixed for projects vary and are determined based on consultation with host governments and ground situation. Every effort is made to implement projects as early as possible, in close consultation with the host Governments.

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