The main purpose of the Gujarat Solar Power Transmission Project, funded by a $100 million loan approved by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September 20111, was to provide a high voltage connection from the Charanka Solar Park in Patan district of Gujarat to the state and national grids to the enable evacuation of solar power generated by the park’s privately funded solar farms.
Electricity is a key driver of economic growth and poverty reduction. Recognizing this, the government of India declared providing electricity to all households at an affordable price by 2012 as its mission and announced the Power for All by 2012 policy.
In October 2007, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $273 million multitranche financing facility (MFF) for the Rajasthan Urban Sector Development Investment Program, which was designed to improve the urban environment and promote ongoing reforms for sustainable, efficient, and responsive urban service delivery.
Urban development for economic growth was a universal strategy of the government of India under its 10th Five-Year Plan (FYP), 2002−2007, and 11th FYP, 2007−2012. The strategy was spearheaded by urban development schemes such as the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and its subcomponent, the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns.