January 24, 2018
New Delhi, January 24, 2018: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement with the Government of India to provide Official Development Assistance (ODA) Loan of 45,000 million Japanese Yen (approximately INR 2,500 crores) for Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Project (Phase 3). The ODA loan's conditions are very concessional, i.e. 1.3 % interest rate for sewerage portion, 1.5% for safe water portion, and 0.01% interest rate for consulting service, and 30 years of repayment period (including 10 years of the grace period) for every portion.
The objective of the Project is to provide residents in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP)* area covering 110 Villages with safe and stable water supply and sewerage services by carrying out construction of a Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs). The population of BBMP area was about 8.5 million in 2011 and is expected to exceed 11 million in 2024, to cater to these growing populations and their needs, this JICA assisted project would significantly contribute in providing and hygienic environment in the center of India's high tech industry. Addition of sewage treatment plants will help safeguard the environment and improve safety.
In addition to the current water supply, the Project will provide additional water supply capacity of 775 Million Liters per Day (MLD) by the construction of the Water Treatment Plant and Transmission Mains to the BBMP area.
The ODA Loan agreement was signed between Mr. Takema SAKAMOTO, Chief Representative, JICA India Office and Mr. S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India, New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, "JICA has been supporting Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) for two decades for better water supply and sewerage treatment, in order to follow up the very rapid speed of the population growth. This Project will continue to provide safe and reliable water supply to BBMP areas, especially in newly developed area of 110 Villages by constructing 1 water treatment plant, 14 sewage treatment plants in 5 areas and their related facilities. This Project will immensely improve the water and sanitation facilities in Bengaluru, and the accumulated assistance of JICA will result in benefiting more than half of the total population in the capital city. The JICA assisted projects will ensure that safe, timely and hygienic water and sanitation operations are implemented which will be exemplary in enhancing environmental conditions not only in Bengaluru but also in the whole country. "
BWSSB is the Project Implementation Agency responsible for the construction of water supply and sewerage facilities and consulting services.
JICA is honoured in contributing towards inclusive and dynamic development of Bengaluru through its various projects. JICA has extended a cumulative 291,736 million Japanese Yen (approximately INR 16,000 crores) 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 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. Also, JICA has been deploying Japanese youths as JICA volunteers so that people-to-people relationship between India and Japan on the ground could be strengthened.
Existing Pump Station at Tore Kadana (TK) Halli Water Treatment Plant
Existing Canal Intake
L-R: Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative JICA India Office, Mr. Tushar Girinath, Chairman, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board and Mr. S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, DEA at the Signing Ceremony
*The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is the administrative body responsible for the civic and infrastructural assets of the Greater Bangalore metropolitan area.
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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