The CM also asked for technical assistance and support for developing detailed project reports of several projects to be implemented in the state.
Talking to a delegation of World Bank officials, led by Country Director Onno Ruhl, Virbhadra Singh said Himachal has taken the path of green growth and sustainable development without disturbing ecological balance and financial assistance from WB would give a boost to the state's developmental programmes.
The state is richly endowed with natural resources that provide valuable environmental services for north India. It has five major river basins and serves as a watershed that is critical to the livelihoods of about 200 million people in Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the state's Chief Secretary P Mitra said.
Hydropower is Himachal's main source of clean energy which could address the problem of power shortage in the northern region, he added.
During the meeting, the progress of DPL-II project was reviewed and new proposals, mainly in the areas of green growth and environment, roads and freight corridors, hydro electricity, sustainable forest management, skill development, agriculture, rural water supply, sanitation and urban development were also discussed.
Ruhl expressed satisfaction over the implementation progress of all World Bank funded projects in the state and assured that the lender will continue its technical and financial support to the state in future.
The World Bank would look forward to strengthening the partnership with the Himachal government, especially in hydel, tourism, health, roads and social sectors, he added.

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