February 10, 2017
Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Nepal Mr. Jun Sakuma handed over the rehabilitated elevated tank of Dhulabari, Jhapa District to Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS), Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation, Government of Nepal amidst a formal ceremony today. Mr. Deepak Khadka, State Minister, Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation, Mr. Tej Raj Bhatta, Director General, DWSS, Mr. Makoto Oyama, First Secretary from Embassy of Japan were among few main dignitaries of the program.
The Elevated Tank with capacity of 450 m³ was originally constructed under Grant Assistance of Japanese ODA in 2007. The tank was a part of other water supply facilities under grant assistance.
The tank was severely damaged during the Great Earthquake which occurred in April 2015. The daily water supply was then affected causing limited and unstable supplies post the breakage. Upon request from Government of Nepal, JICA supported rehabilitation work of elevated tank under "Follow Up Cooperation of the Project for the Improvement of Water Supply Facilities in Urban and Semi-urban Centres" with an amount of NPR 71,472,712.
As material for the tank, stainless panel was introduced for the first time in Nepal. Stainless tank has the advantage of toughness and it is maintenance-free. The rehabilitation work now shows radical improvement in the daily water supplies making lives easier for the locals in Dhulabari.
JICA's cooperation to Dhulabari WUSC also includes Technical cooperation project WASMIP 2010-2013 (Water Supply Management Improvement Project), initiated to strengthen the capacity of Dhulabari WUSC staffs. Through WASMIP 1st phase project, the Non-Revenue Water ratio of Dhulabari improved drastically from 35% to 22%. The second phase of WASMIP began last year and Dhulabari WUSC is one of the targeted WUSCs for strengthening the water supply services.
During the event Mr. Sakuma further reiterated that, "As a leading development partner in water supply sector, JICA will further strengthen its cooperation to improve water supply conditions in other parts of Nepal as well."
Government of Nepal thanked JICA and Japanese People for its benign assistance on water supply sector.
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Dhulabari Water Tank