May 5, 2015
A view of handing over ceremony
Islamabad; 5 May, 2015: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to undertake the rehabilitation of rigs for the ground water exploitation in the province of Balochistan. A handing over ceremony to this effect was held here today in Quetta, Balochistan whereby Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, Chief Representative of JICA handed over the list of items to Mr. Zulfiqar Durrani, Secretary (Planning), Planning & Development Department, Government of Balochistan. The ceremony was also attended by Mr. Hashim Tareen, Secretary (Implementation) , Planning & Development, Government of Balochistan; Mr. Khwaja Saleem Mustafa, Director General, Irrigation Department, Government of Balochistan and Mr. S. Nadeem Shah, Honorary Consul General of Japan in Quetta, Balochistan.
In 1988, JICA conducted a study on "Balochistan Irrigation Development Project through Groundwater Development". "The Project for Exploitation of Ground Water in Balochistan Province" was implemented in year 1997 whereby, drilling rigs were provided under grant aid scheme. Ever since then, the rigs are still in use of Balochistan government however due wear and tear; many of the rigs were out of service. In-order to bring the rigs back in service, this follow-up cooperation intends to deliver the necessary spare parts for machinery. It is expected that the rehabilitation of the rigs will enable the people of Baluchistan get clean drinking water for themselves, their livestock and fields.
Mr. Kawasaki, while speaking at the ceremony said, "Since 1980s, Japanese government and JICA have supported ground water development through provision of drilling rigs in Pakistan, especially for Balochistan province, in order to mitigate water scarcity problem". He further said "We have recognized the water shortage problem is being more crucial for Balochistan. Because of Balochistan government's strong ownership and proper maintenance, we could realize this follow-up cooperation and keep contributing against water scarcity in Balochistan".