Kathmandu, March 10
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the government of Nepal in Kathmandu today, to provide grant aid of up to 2.541 billion yen (approximately Rs 2.31 billion) for the Project for the Improvement of Water Supply in Biratnagar.
The project intends to upgrade and expand water supply facilities in the Biratnagar metropolitan city contributing to the development of social and economic infrastructure, the Japanese agency says in a statement today.
“Despite being the densely populated industrial city and the capital of Province 1, the city lacks adequate and potable water supply largely due to the low quantity of water and dilapidated pipelines,” JICA says “The project envisions to ensure adequate access to safe water for around 100,000 people in Biratnagar city by constructing and upgrading facilities like water treatment plants, clear water reservoirs, distribution main pipelines to name a few.”
JICA says the signing marks another step of consistent support of Japanese assistance to the government of Nepal in the water supply sector, one of the fundamental sectors for socio-economic development.