May 27, 2015
Hosur, May 27 2015: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organized a national workshop today on institutional mechanisms for operation and maintenance of water supply and sanitation facilities, for their optimal utilization into the future. The workshop was attended by agencies that are completing the JICA assisted projects across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Odisha, Rajasthan, Bangaluru, Agra, Varanasi and Delhi among others, for enhancement of water supply and sewerage infrastructure. The attendees included Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, Kerala Water Authority, Odisha Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Public Health and Engineering Department of Rajasthan Government, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, UP Jal Nigam and Delhi Jal Board among others.
The demand for water has increased in India in tandem with growth in population and in economic activities, and attendant sewage generation is exceeding treatment capacity causing a threat to public health and living environment. JICA has been assisting enhancement of water supply and sewerage infrastructure in India since 1991, and has extended JPY 512 billion (approx. Rs 30,000 crore) in ODA (Official Development Assistance) loans for 29 such infrastructure development projects across India. Over 3 crore people stand to receive water supply through projects facilitated by JICA assistance, and over 1.5 crore people stand to benefit from the sewerage infrastructure being developed with JICA assistance.
JICA's assistance is supporting construction of water supply facilities such as pipelines for transmission of water from source to consumers, development of water reservoirs and pumping stations, together with an appropriate tariff system, non-revenue water reduction and recycling of water. For sanitation facilities, JICA's assistance is supporting construction of sewer lines, pumping stations and water treatment plants. JICA's support also includes capacity building of the agencies executing the projects, for operation and maintenance of facilities once constructed, through measures such as SCADA (Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition) system which enables remote control and monitoring of equipment, and application of GIS (Geographic Information System) and MIS (Management Information System).
Historically, in India over 40% of water is not accounted for, is non-revenue water; over 70% of water leakages occur due to malfunctioning of water meters and leakages from consumer connections; and nearly 69% of sewage discharge is not connected to any sewer network.
The workshop was organized over two days to explore, share and gather information on policies and practices for optimal operations and maintenance of water supply and sanitation facilities, and visit a JICA assisted project where such policies and practices could be implemented. JICA is facilitating the Hogenakkal water supply and fluorosis mitigation project which is providing for safe and stable water service in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts of Tamil Nadu, by constructing water supply facilities to mitigate dependence on groundwater there which is increasingly getting contaminated with fluoride, causing fluorosis. JICA is also facilitating the Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure project which is providing for safe water supply and sewerage facilities across the state of Tamil Nadu.
"Availability of water and sanitation facilities play a pivotal role in enhancing public health that supports social and economic development across urban and rural areas. The JICA supported projects are being executed in differing implementation topographies and environments, by different executing agencies, and this workshop brings them together to share know-how of efficient operation and maintenance of water supply and sanitation facilities," said Shinya Ejima, Chief Representative, JICA India Office.
Established as an independent administrative institution, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries and provides assistance in form of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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JICA India Brochure: http://www.jica.go.jp/india/english/office/others/brochures.html
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