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Press Release

September 5, 2017

Ground-breaking Ceremony of Pilot Japanese Technology for Underground Rainwater Storage in Chennai

PhotoFrom Left: Dr. Girija Vaidhyanathan, Chief Secretary; Mr. Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Chief Minister, and Mr. Thiru S. K. Prabakar, Principal Secretary (5th from left). (Photo Courtesy: Government of Tamil Nadu)

Chennai, September 5, 2017: Ceremonies to inaugurate the ground-breaking of the JICA-supported "Verification Survey with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technologies for Gap Resolution of Water Demand/Supply by Plastic Underground Rainwater Storage System" were held at the Chief Minister's office, Government of Tamil Nadu and the State Ground & Surface Water Resources Data Centre, Public Works Department (PWD) Campus, Chennai on August 24, 2017.

Hon'ble Chief Minister of Government of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami, conducted the foundation stone lying ceremony of the Survey at his office. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Girija Vaidhyanathan, Chief Secretary to Government; Mr. Thiru S. K. Prabakar, Principal Secretary to Government, PWD; Mr. R. Jayasingh, Engineer-in-Chief (Buildings) & Chief Engineer (General), PWD, among others.

After above function, the ground-breaking ceremony for the flagship survey was organized by the Government of Tamil Nadu and Totetsu Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Tokyo, Japan. The ceremony was attended by Mr. C. T. Sankar, Chief Engineer, State Ground & Surface Water Resources Data Centre, Water Resources Department; Mr. L. Chidambaram, Chief Engineer & Director, Institute for Water Studies, Water Resources Department, staff of PWD Tharamani Campus, the survey team members from Japan, among others.

The survey aims at constructing a highly hygienic and economically large-scale community-based rainwater harvesting system at PWD Campus. This helps to verify the functions of the storage of rainwater, which has been discharged in vain, so that the rainwater could be reutilized for water supply. The salient features of Totetsu's technologies are the tailor-made size of the storage and short construction period. JICA believes that Chennai is the perfect place for the survey since the Government of Tamil Nadu has been imposing mandatory measures for all the buildings to be equipped with rainwater harvesting structures, which creates the suitable environment to demonstrate the system.

PhotoCoconut breaking ceremony to inaugurate the construction on site at PWD Tharamani Campus

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative of JICA India Office, said "JICA's Public Private Partnership (PPP) funding scheme, gives the opportunity to take up initiatives using Japanese technologies to tackle development issues through innovative ways. The water issues of Tamil Nadu are a long standing development challenge. In addition to traditional approaches, we should not give up our search for complementary means that could potentially alleviate the problem. JICA is honoured to support Totetsu's initiatives in collaboration with the Government of Tamil Nadu to reduce the gap between water demand and supply in Chennai, utilizing the company's unique technology of rainwater harvesting. Totetsu's technology is different from the other existing technologies. Totetsu's products have a spacious walk-in structure for sound maintenance. The materials utilized can be largely provided from Indian local sources, keeping the implementation cost at an affordable level. JICA hopes that this pilot establishment named 'Aqua Palace' could prove to be useful in tackling a part of the water issues of Chennai. It is also thought to contribute to the water sector as a durable alternative and cost effective infrastructure across the State of Tamil Nadu and further becoming a spearhead in overcoming the water issues throughout India."

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Established, by a specific law, as an incorporated administrative institution under the Government of Japan, 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.

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