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Press Release

February 15, 2017

Grant Agreement for Improvement of Water Supply in Pokhara

Government of Japan and Government of Nepal signed Bilateral Agreement regarding Project for Improvement of Water Supply in Pokhara amidst a function today. According to the agreement Government of Japan is extending a grant assistance of up to 4.813 billion yen about NPR 4.529 billion for the implementation of the project which is the first water treatment plan to be constructed in Pokhara region.

Exchange of Notes (E/N) for the project was signed between His Excellency Mr. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, and Dr. Shanta Raj Subedi, Secretary, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of their respective Governments at the Ministry of Finance in Signhadurbar, Kathmandu. On the same occasion, the Grant Agreement (GA) for the project was signed and exchanged between Mr. Baikuntha Aryal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of Nepal and Mr. Jun Sakuma, Chief Representative of JICA Nepal, on behalf of Japan International Cooperation Agency.

This project will install a water treatment plant and intake, transmission and distribution pipes as well as improving the current water supply facilities with the objectives of meeting the drinking water quality standards of Nepal in terms of turbidity and chlorine content at the target water supply area, and supplying all target households with water seven days a week. At the same time, the project will reduce water leakage, adjust the water supply pressure, reduce the unaccounted water (non-revenue water) ratio and take other measures to increase the collection rate of water tariffs and improve the operation system. These measures are expected to improve the water supply services overall that are overseen in the target area by the Pokhara branch of the Nepal Water Supply Corporation.

The water treatment plant site is situated along Mardi River, while other distribution facility is installed across Pokhara sub-metropolitan city. Construction of the Project will be completed in 2022. The Project aims to enhance the conditions of living environment of Pokhara city residents and also contribute towards development of tourism industry there.

Thank you.

For More Details, kindly contact:
Ms. Brinda Singh
Public Relations Officer
SinghBrinda.NP@jica.go.jp


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