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Bengaluru water project to get Rs 2500 cr JICA loan

New Delhi : The Japanese Government has committed an official development assistance (ODA) loan for JPY 45 billion (about Rs 2587 crore) for the phase-III of the Bengaluru water supply and sewerage project.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement on January 24 for the loan with the Union Government.

The project is expected to provide residents of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) area, especially in 110 villages, with safe and stable water supply and sewerage services by carrying out construction of a water treatment plant and sewage treatment plants.

The project will provide water supply facilities that source water from Cauvery River, making it possible to provide stable water and sewerage services to meet the rapidly rising demand, contributing to a sanitary living environment and stimulating industrial activities in the region.

In addition to the current water supply, the project will provide additional water supply capacity of 775 million litre per day (MLD) by the construction of the water treatment plant and transmission mains to the BBMP area. The water treatment plant and water transmission facilities will take the water from the Cauvery River, approximately 70 kilometer from the Bengaluru metropolitan area.

The project will also provide a water distribution network so that the water can be distributed to districts where water supply services are not currently available, as well as providing sewerage treatment plants and other related facilities. It is expected that these measures will contribute to further industrial stimulation and sanitation improvements in the living environment of residents.

Aside from construction of a water treatment plant and water transmission pipes, the loan funds will be allocated for construction of distribution reservoirs, sewerage treatment plants and other such facilities, as well as to consulting services (including detailed design work, bidding assistance and construction supervision).

Called the Silicon Valley of India, the Bengaluru metropolitan area has population of 8.5 million. As many as 90 Japanese companies have offices in the area.

The metropolitan area has expanded and undergone an increase in population accompanying rapid industrial development, but the water supply and sewerage infrastructure has not kept pace with the continuing rise in the need for water, leading to the challenges of a chronic shortage of water and an unsanitary living environment, said JICA.

JICA India Office Chief Representative Takema Sakamoto said, "JICA has been supporting Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) for two decades for better water supply and sewerage treatment, in order to follow up the very rapid speed of the population growth. This project will continue to provide safe and reliable water supply to BBMP areas, especially in newly developed area of 110 villages by constructing one water treatment plant, 14 sewage treatment plants in five areas and their related facilities".

"This project will immensely improve the water and sanitation facilities in Bengaluru, and the accumulated assistance of JICA will result in benefiting more than half of the total population in the capital city. The JICA assisted projects will ensure that safe, timely and hygienic water and sanitation operations are implemented which will be exemplary in enhancing environmental conditions not only in Bengaluru but also in the whole country", he added.

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