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JICA signs agreements to improve drinking water supply system in Faisalabad and sewerage and drainage system in Lahore

Islamabad, September 27

PhotoChief Representative of JICA, Mr. Takatoshi Nishikata exchanging documents with Joint Secretary, EAD, Mr. Zafar Hassan Reza

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Economic Affairs Division (EAD) of Pakistan signed two Grant Agreements for implementation of the "Project for the Retrieval and Drainage System in Lahore City (Phase II)" and "Project for the Expansion of Water Supply System in Faisalabad".

A Grant Agreement worth 1.22 billion Japanese Yen was signed to improve the sewerage and drainage system in Lahore. Under the project, renovation of 16 drainage pumps and installation of 2 new trash rake systems will be undertaken. The current project is the continuation of already completed project under the same title whereby 6 drainage pumps and 1 trash rake system were installed in 2006 at the cost of 1.22 billion Yen. With the conclusion of the current agreement, the total amount of Phase I and Phase II stands at 2.44 billion Japanese Yen.

A Grant Agreement worth 799 million Japanese Yen for the “Project for the Expansion of Water Supply System in Faisalabad (Phase II)” will provide safe drinking water to a population of 1.89 million people in the urban setup of the city. With the completion of the project, an additional water of 91,000m3/day will be available for consumption. This project is the continuation of the previously implemented project whereby 4.4 billion Yen grant aid was spent for the improvement of water supply system in Faisalabad. The total amount of the project now stands at 5.19 billion Japanese Yen.

These grants are part of the US$1billion pledge for Pakistan, which Japan announced at the Tokyo Donors Conference in April, 2009. With these grants, the assistance that has so far moved into implementation phase amounts to more than US$500 million.

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