Govt launches new water supply project in Pokhara

Minister Bina Magar lays foundation stone for a water treatment plan in Pokhara, on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Photo: JICA

Kathmandu, June 11

The government of Nepal has launched a new drinking water supply project in Pokhara of Kaski district.

The ‘Project for Improvement of Water Supply in Pokhara’ was launched with a grant assistance of the Japanese government worth Rs 4.83 billion.

Minister for Water Supply laid the foundation stone for the first water treatment plant of the project amidst a function organised in Pokhara on Tuesday.

Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Masamichi Saigo, Nepal Water Supply Corporation Chairman Jiulal Chaudhary and Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Nepal chief Yumiko Asakuma were present on the occasion.

This project will install a water treatment plant, transmission and distribution pipes with the objectives of meeting the drinking water quality standards of Nepal supplying all target households with water everyday.

At the same time, the project will reduce water leakage, adjust the water supply pressure, reduce the non-revenue water ratio and take other measures to increase the collection rate of water tariffs and improve the operation system.

Japan’s bilateral cooperation agency, JICA, says the two governments had signed a bilateral agreement for the project in February 2017.

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