March 3, 2016
Signatories at the signing ceremony
Islamabad, March 03, 2016: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Faisalabad have agreed to undertake a technical cooperation project titled ""The Project for Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Master Plan of Faisalabad". The project was formally signed toady amongst Mr. Tojo Yasuhiro, Chief Representative of JICA; Mr. Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, Secretary Planning and Development, Government of Punjab; Mr. Asim Iqbal, Secretary Housing, Urban Development & Public Health Engineering Department, Government of Punjab; Mr. Yawar Hussain, Director General, Faisalabad Development Authority and Mr. Syed Zahid Aziz, Managing Director, Water and Sanitation Agency, Faisalabad.
WASA Faisalabad had formulated its first development master plan (M/P) in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 1976, and revised it in 1993 under the assistance of the World Bank (WB). However, only the part of investment plan had been implemented because of shortage of the budget and lack of groundwater resources. As the target year of existing M/P was set in 2018, WASA Faisalabad would not have the integrated M/P after 2018.
This Project will help WASA Faisalabad have a new master plan post year 2018. It will be authorized as an official development plan of WASA Faisalabad and necessary activities will be implemented based on the master plan. The project also aims at enhancing the institutional capacity for implementation of the master plan.
About the significance of the Project, Mr. Tojo, Chief Representative of JICA said "The Project is planning to make Water and Sanitation Agency Faisalabad to be a successful model among water utilities in Pakistan. Under this project, in addition to designing master plan for infrastructure of water supply, sewerage and drainage, JICA would like to show the development process for sustainable water service led by improvement of water service and increase of customer satisfaction through the pilot activity on the field with WASA staff."
In Pakistan, JICA has provided drinking water to approximately 2,826,600 people while approximately 6,120,000 people are benefiting from sewerage venture done by JICA.