Bengaluru: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a loan agreement with the Government of India to provide a Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan amounting to JPY 37,068 million (approximately Rs 2,391 crore) for construction of water supply and sanitation facilities under Bengaluru Water Supply and Sanitation Project (Phase 3).
This project aims to provide safe and stable water supply and sanitation services by carrying out the construction of water and wastewater treatment plants and related facilities for the residents of the boundaries of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), including 110 villages, where approximately 3.5 million people are expected to benefit. This would not only improve the living conditions of the residents but also promote the investment environment in the BBMP areas of Karnataka.
Since 1996, JICA has been supporting the construction of water supply and sewerage facilities and services in the city center and surrounding local urban areas of Bengaluru with the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) as part of of Phases 1 and 2. synergistic effect, expanding projects previously supported by JICA in both phases, to meet the growing needs of a growing population.
The loan agreement was signed between Rajat Kumar Mishra, Assistant Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and SAITO Mitsunori, Chief Representative, JICA India.
Speaking on the occasion, SAITO Mitsunori, Chief Representative of JICA India, said, “The installation of water supply and sanitation facilities has been greatly encouraged in downtown Bengaluru, but there are no such facilities in 110 villages of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). With the rapid growth of population and economy, we expect the project to provide safe and reliable water supply to BBMP areas, constructing water treatment plant and sewage treatment plants as well as facilities related. provide an opportunity for the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) to review and develop a new business plan to ensure sustainability I am confident that advanced technologies such as integrated SCADA system will become a model of of excellence, by equipping the water consumption and demand forecast modeling, flow measurement and value monitoring system at key strategic locations in the distribution network. »
The absence of water supply and sanitation facilities in 110 villages encompasses an urgent need for development to provide clean water to residents and maintain the hygienic environment of the suburban areas of Bengaluru.