KATHMANDU: The Government of Japan has decided to extend grant assistance of Rs 2.7 billion to the Government of Nepal for the implementation of a project for improvement of water supply in Biratnagar Metropolis.
Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, Kikuta Yutaka, and Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, Madhu Kumar Marasini, signed notes to this effect on Thursday.
Another grant agreement for implementing the project was signed by the Chief Representative of JICA Nepal, Okubo Akimitsu, and Joint Secretary at the International Economic Cooperation and Coordination Division of the Ministry of Finance, Ishwori Prasad Aryal.
This project aims to enhance the living standard for the people of Biratnagar City by renovating and expanding the water supply facilities, thereby broadening the water supply area in Biratnagar City. At present, people in Biratnagar have to depend on shallow wells to get water for daily household use and have been affected by shortage of safe drinking water.
This project will contribute to improving “access to stable supply of water” for about 100,000 people by constructing new deep wells and water purification facilities. Moreover, some of the existing facilities will be renovated.
On the occasion, Ambassador KIKUTA stated, “The Government of Japan has been providing multifaceted assistance for the betterment of the living standard of Nepali citizens,” adding Japan extended multiple support, including timely vaccine support to prevent and control the Covid 19.
Likewise, Japan has extended financial support for the economic stabilisation and development of Nepal in January.
Ambassador Kikuta further said, “This time, our assistance is providing safe water which is of vital importance for human life,” and expressed his hope that this support will be effectively utilised to upgrade living standards in Biratnagar City.
The Japanese Ambassador shared, “Japan is committed to extending all possible assistance to Nepal in its endeavour for nation building and strengthening the friendly relationship between the peoples of Japan and Nepal.”
Similarly, Secretary Marasini on the behalf of the government of Nepal thanked the Japanese government for its continued support in Nepal’s socio-economic development endeavours.