November 11, 2017
Bengaluru, November 11, 2017: The inauguration ceremony of 4 newly constructed Sewerage Treatment Plant (STPs) was held at Bellandur in Bengaluru for Bellandur Amanikhane STP (90 MLD), Horamavu-Agara STP (20 MLD), Doddabele STP (20 MLD) and Kadugodi STP (6 MLD). The total treatment capacity of these 4 STPs is expected to be 136 Million Liters per Day (MLD), adding to the 4 STPs inaugurated earlier this year. These are expected to treat the sewerage generated by more than 1 million people in Bengaluru. The total capacity of JICA-funded STPs will sum up to treating 5.3 million people's sewerage, which consists of roughly a half of the total population in Bengaluru.
The ceremony was inaugurated by Mr. Siddaramaiah, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka and attended by dignitaries, including Mr. K.J. George, Hon'ble Minister for Bangalore Development & Town Planning, Government of Karnakata; Mr. Tushar Girinath, Chairman of Bangalore Water Supply Board (BWSSB), Mr. Kiyoshi Furuhashi, Counsellor, Embassy of Japan and Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, said," JICA is immensely proud to announce that Bengaluru is closer to ensure that its sewerage water resources are utilized to the maximum. This JICA assisted project will continue to improve the sewerage treatment systems in the Bengaluru city, thereby contributing to improved sanitation and living conditions for the citizens of Bengaluru. JICA would also like to congratulate the efforts by Government of Karnataka, especially BWSSB."
The loan provided by JICA for the Project is 28,358 million Japanese Yen (approximately 1,600 Crores). The cumulative loan commitment for water supply and sewerage projects in Bengaluru is for about twenty years, amounting to 98,807 million Japanese Yen (approximately 6,000 Crores). The Project has total commissioning of 10 STPs comprising of combined treatment capacity of 336, out of which 8 has now been inaugurated and the remaining 2 are expected to be inaugurated early next year. The Project assists rehabilitation of sewer network, reduction of Non-Revenue Water (NRW), installation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system which enables remote control and monitoring of the facilities, and consulting services to the Project as well as to BWSSB.
It is noteworthy that components such as a slum development, raising awareness of the residents, along with installation of water distribution and sewerage infrastructure, and together with a focus on women's participation are supported by JICA for comprehensive measures for sustainable water sector development.
JICA feels honored in contributing towards inclusive and dynamic development of Bengaluru through its various projects. JICA has extended a cumulative total of 246,736 million Japanese Yen through ODA loans since 1988, for comprehensive development efforts in Karnataka, including the Bangalore Metro, power distribution projects, forestry projects, agriculture projects, and the present water and sanitation projects in Bengaluru. In addition, JICA has been actively supporting several Japanese private companies to come to Bengaluru so as to address development challenges, such as reduction of NRW and to introduce and share Japan's know-how and expertise.
Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA, India, delivered a speech at the inauguration ceremony
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.
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