ISLAMABAD: Japan has agreed to provide 4.1 billion Japanese yen (equivalent to around USD 39 million / around PKR 6.2 billion) in grants to improve the water treatment plant and distribution system in the city of Faisalabad, Punjab.
Notes on this were signed and exchanged between Matsuda Kuninori, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, and Noor Ahmed, Secretary of the Ministry of Economy in Islamabad.
The Grant Agreement (G / A) on the details of the implementation of the project was signed and exchanged between Furuta Shigeki, Principal Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Pakistan Office, and Ms. Syeda Adeela Bokhari, Joint Secretary (Japan / NGO) / INGO), Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Before this grant project, JICA supported the Faisalabad Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA-F) in developing the master plan for 2019, which aims for the next 20 years of future water supply, sewerage and drainage in Faisalabad. As part of this master plan project, pilot projects have been carried out to improve water supply by establishing a management system for water distribution, including activities such as developing DMA (District Metered Area), reducing NRW (Non-Revenue Water) and so on.
This grant project has been formulated on the basis of the prioritized project listed in the master plan, which aims not only to increase the water supply capacity for the currently unserved 50,000 residents, but also to increase the performance of the pilot projects in the target area of the grant project (Abudulah Pur and Madina Town No.2).
In particular, the Old Jhal Khanuana water treatment plant is being renewed and the water transmission and distribution systems in the city of Faisalabad are being refurbished as part of the grant cooperation. In addition, JICA plans to support WASA-F through a new technical cooperation project to improve its management capacity.
Through this continued support, it is expected that WASA-F will continue to be a role model in Pakistan that can continue to maintain a positive cycle to improve water supply levels, improve customer satisfaction, improve tariff revenues, and improve WASA-F’s financial position for future investment leadership to better services. This “Faisalabad model” would become a replicable model for other cities in the future.