February 27, 2018
New Delhi, February 27, 2018: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) organised a seminar today, to share outcomes of the JICA's technical assistance related to "Delhi Water Supply Improvement Project". At the seminar, JICA experts/DJB presented the outputs of the Project for equitable water distribution and reduction in Non-Revenue Water (NRW). Tokyo Metropolitan Government also shared the lessons learnt from the Project, along with the past experiences in Tokyo.
The seminar was attended by Mr. Annil Kumar Singh, CEO, DJB; Mr. S.N.A Najmi, Member Finance, DJB; Ms. Nidhi Srivastava, Additional CEO, DJB; Dr. Atsushi Masuko, President, TSS Tokyo Water Co. Ltd; Mr. Yoichi Yamamoto, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Bureau of Waterworks) and Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, "It is an honour for JICA to implement such an exemplary project with DJB. While water is a scarce resource, in Delhi, around 40 - 50% of water is unaccounted for. With successful pilot implementation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems in Delhi, JICA expects to rationalize and enhance the efficiency of DJB's water distribution services. It is the first SCADA system in the country to monitor and control the water distribution with water-controlled valves, which would enable DJB to initiate equitable distribution and NRW management at 13 local control points in Delhi. JICA has extended the support not only on the installation of SCADA system, but also on the provision of the Japanese expertise on operation and management methods of equitable distribution using SCADA. JICA also expects DJB to scale up such initiatives throughout Delhi."
Delhi has a high rate of NRW and reduction of NRW remains one of the major challenges to be addressed for efficient usage of drinking water. Since the preparation of the master plan for water supply for Delhi 2021, which was another JICA supported technical cooperation, JICA has committed Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan of 28,975 million Japanese Yen (approximately INR 1,700 crore) for Delhi Water Supply Improvement Project, to improve facilities at Chandrawal Water Treatment Plant and command areas concerned.
JICA has been conducting the technical cooperation project for about five years to improve the skills and management capacities of DJB officials and to implement the Pilot Project in Pitampura, to be completed in March 2018. The seminar focused on presenting the outcomes of the Pilot Project which includes monitoring and control of water flow and pressure at select District Metered Areas (DMAs), for equitable water distribution by using SCADA system. The official from Tokyo Metropolitan Government, whose NRW ratio is prominently low around 3%, was also invited as a JICA Expert for sharing details of his experiences in India and Japan.
Since 1991-92, JICA has committed around 722 billion Japanese Yen (approximately Rs. 42,000 crore) to develop various water supply and sanitation facilities for improved living conditions and economic development in different regions of India.
L-R: Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA Office; 2nd from left: Dr. Atsushi Masuko, President, TSS Tokyo Water Co., Ltd; Mr. Annil Kumar Singh, CEO, DJB; Mr. S.N.A Najmi, Member Finance, DJB and Ms. Nidhi Srivastava, Additional CEO, DJB
Mr. Sakamoto awarding the certification of completion of SCADA Training to the DJB officials
Established, by a specific law, as an independent 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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