January 16, 2017
L-R: Mr. M.P Singh, Chief Development Specialist, JICA India , Mr. J.C Mohanty, Principal Secretary of PHED, Mr. Akhil Jain, Chief Engineer of PHED, Mr. Masahiro Yamaguchi, Chief Advisor, JICA Expert Team and Mr. Satish Jain, Executive Engineer- Project (South).
New Delhi/Jaipur, January 16, 2017: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), the Government of Rajasthan are organizing a two-day seminar on Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction from January 16-17 at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
The seminar is attended by Mr. J C Mohanty, Principal Secretary of PHED, Mr. Akhil Jain, Chief Engineer of PHED, Mr. C.M Chauhan, Chief Engineer of PHED, Mr. Masahiro Yamaguchi, Chief Advisor, JICA Expert Team, Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Bangalore Water Supply Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and Mr. M.P Singh, Chief Development Specialist, JICA India. The speakers from various water utilities are presenting their experiences and lessons learned from their activities on NRW reduction.
The focus of the seminar is to share the accomplishments of the ongoing JICA assisted ‘Capacity Development Project' for the non-revenue water reduction in Jaipur, which will be completed by January 2017. Through the Project, PHED, assisted by JICA, implemented NRW reduction activities in the pilot areas, conducted trainings (local and in Japan) and prepared "Draft Execution Plan" replicating NRW reduction activities in whole of the Jaipur City. The achievement of activities in pilot activity areas and the outline of the Draft Execution Plan is presented by PHED Jaipur and discussed at the seminar. The participants from Rajasthan PHED exchanges the lessons learned; their experiences and challenges which they faced while implementing the project of reducing NRW.
During the seminar, the guest speakers share their experiences of working on similar successful projects in India and benefits of the current on-going NRW projects in Jaipur. Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWWSB), and Goa Public Works Department (PWD), are currently implementing JICA assisted water supply projects. In addition, NRW reduction planning expert of JICA team, Mr. Masahiro Yamaguchi, presented the experiences and activities of Yokohama Waterworks Bureau of Yokohama city, Japan.
With the support of JICA assisted ‘Capacity Development Project', Rajasthan PHED has achieved to reduce NRW ratio in some pilot activity areas, i.e. from 52.8% to 10.5% in Mansarovar Sector, from 22.6% to 13.3% in Adarsh Nagar District Metered Area (DMA) 1, and from 21.8% to 10.5% in Adarsh Nagar DMA2. Taking the opportunity of the seminar, Mr. M.P Singh, Chief Development Specialist, JICA India Office, remarked that JICA has been continuously assisting Rajasthan PHED through the financial assistance to Bisalpur Jaipur Water Supply project, which augmented the safer and more stable water supply source to Jaipur. The technical cooperation project for reduction of NRW in Jaipur is to supplement the outcome of the previous loan project. Reducing NRW is not one-time activity, but requires continuous effort by water utility by enhancing its technical and management capacity with long- term plan. In this sense, Rajasthan PHED is expected to take an active role on implementing the Execution Plan, as well as strengthening its institution for reducing NRW in Jaipur and elsewhere in Rajasthan.
As per Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, "Water supply is critical for basic human needs, especially in the areas of scarce water resources, such as Jaipur. Reducing NRW ratio is one of the biggest hurdles for water utilities to meet the water supply with demand. In addition, high NRW is significantly affecting the financial viability of water utilities besides quality of water supply services. Rajasthan PHED continuously improves its water supply service by improving efficient metering and billing, customer service, and providing 24x7 water supply. JICA is committed towards undertaking various development assistance schemes to meet diverse needs of citizens in various states of India."
JICA has committed 103.10 billion Japanese Yen for various projects in the state of Rajasthan. These projects include Rajasthan Forestry and Biodiversity project, Bisalpur Jaipur Water Supply project, Rajasthan Minor Irrigation Improvement Project and Rajasthan Rural Water Supply & Fluorosis Mitigation Project among many others.
Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.