The inauguration ceremony of a newly constructed Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) was held at Koramangala and Challaghatta (K&C) Valley STP, whose treatment capacity is 60 Million Liters per Day (MLD). The plant is expected to treat the sewerage generated by around 5 lakhs people in Bengaluru, and improve the sanitation and environmental condition of the rapid growing city.
The ceremony was inaugurated by Mr. Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister and attended by dignitaries including Mr. K.J. George, Hon’ble Minister for Bangalore Development, Town Planning and District Incharge, Government of Karnakata; Mr. Tushar Girinath, Chairman Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB); Mr. Kenko Sone, Minister, Embassy of Japan in India; Mr. Takayuki Kitagawa, Consul General, Consulate-General of Japan in Bengaluru and, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema SAKAMOTO, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, "JICA assistance is not just about lending money to lay more water supply and sewerage pipes or to construct WTPs and STPs in Bengaluru. It is a way of life, putting joint effort with our Indian friends to comprehensively improve the standards and quality of water and sanitation services including effectiveness and efficiency, and engage in institutional development of BWWSB. The completion of the construction of the STP is not the goal, but stable service delivery with good operation and maintenance to realize better quality of life and further prosperity are keys to success of the Project. There are furthermore STPs in construction under the overall Project, which JICA expects that the related authorities would give full support so that BWSSB could smoothly complete them with great quality. JICA renders its continuous support and engagement for betterment of water and sanitation services in Bengaluru through its various schemes including ODA Loans, Technical Assistance, Citizen Partnership and Public-Private Partnership Programs, etc.”
The loan provided by JICA for this Project, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Project (Phase II-2), is 28,358 million Japanese Yen (approximately Rs. 1,700 Crores). The cumulative loan commitment for water supply and sewerage projects in Bengaluru for about twenty year long period, amount up to 98,807 million Japanese Yen (approximately Rs. 6,000 Crores). The Phase II-2 of the Project has total commissioning of 10 STP’s, out of which one has inaugurated and the rest 9 are expected to be inaugurated soon. These projects are being implemented by BWSSB, Government of Karnataka. The Phase II-2 Project assists rehabilitation of sewer network, reduction of Non-Revenue Water (NRW), installation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system which enables remote control and monitoring of the facilities, and consulting services to the Project as well as to BWSSB.
It is noteworthy that components such as a slum development, raising awareness of the residents, along with installation of water distribution and sewerage infrastructure, and together with a focus on women's participation are supported by JICA for comprehensive measures for sustainable water sector development.
JICA feels honored in contributing towards inclusive and dynamic development of Bengaluru through its various projects. JICA has extended a cumulative total of 246,736 million Japanese Yen through ODA loans since 1988, for comprehensive development efforts in Karnataka, including the Bangalore Metro, power distribution projects, forestry projects, agriculture projects, and the present water and sanitation projects in Bengaluru. In addition, JICA has been actively supporting several Japanese private companies to come to Bengaluru so as to address development challenges, such as reduction of NRW and Japan’s know-how, and expertise are to be introduced and shared.
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