By Our Reporter
Japan has extended 4.834 billion rupees worth grant assistance to the Nepal government for the implementation of the Project for Improvement of Water Supply in Pokhara (Kaski) under Japan’s Official Development Assistance.
Bina Magar, Minister for Water Supply, laid the foundation stone of the project amidst a ceremony in Pokhara last week. Japanese ambassador Masamichi Saigo was present on the occasion. Ms. Yumiko Asakuma, the Chief Representative of JICA Nepal Office also attended the ceremony.
Under this Grant Assistance, the Project will construct a sedimentation tank, water treatment plant, reservoirs and overhead tanks along with the rehabilitation and construction of water transmission lines and distribution networks. The project will also take soft components into account, thus ensuring a supply of quality drinking water to the city dwellers of Pokhara. The components of this Projectwill have the capacity to filter 41 million liters of water per day and are expected to be completed by 2021.
On the occasion, ambassador Saigo noted that Pokhara is a naturally gifted city with splendid mountains and picturesque lakes. This Project will attract many visitors to the city and will encourage them to stay longer and return there frequently.