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Wait for JICA report on sewerage system gets longer

The Poineer, 29 April 2014


The plan of proper drainage and sewerage system for the State capital may finally become a reality as team of Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), which was conducting survey on city’s drainage and sewerage system from past three month is set to handover its survey report to the civic body. But the wait is getting longer as it would submit the report by September.


A three member team of JICA last year in the month of October had inked an agreement with Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) to conduct a survey of the city’s drainage and sewerage system and suggest changes accordingly in the detailed report plan prepared by Meinherdt for its effective implementation. It is an independent Government agency of Japan which is mandated with assisting in social and economic growth in developing countries.


“The survey work was kicked off from the beginning of the year and the team is all set to produce its report on the stipulated time period,” said a local member of the JICA team on the condition of anonymity. However, she denied sharing any detailed information about the survey.


Incidentally, the Japanese team had travelled to their country for submitting an interim survey detail and is expected to be back by May 20.


“Presently, the team had moved back to their country and will be coming by May 20. Later a meeting to seek detail information about the conducted survey with the stakeholders will also be held,” shared RMC Deputy CEO Om Prakash.


As per the agreement, RMC was to provide a temporary office space to agency. Interestingly, there is no legal binding in the agreement for any of the parties (JICA and RMC). The survey for Rs1,500 crore and 757 km long sewerage system is based on the Detailed Project Report (DPR) developed by a Singapore firm Meinherdt in 2011.


The agency is also providing a sum of Rs687 crore to it with an estimated rate of interest of less than one per cent.


As per the DPR, the city is divided into four zones and as many as three solid waste treatment plant (STP) was to be developed to process the waste collected. The team has also visited the proposed site for STP at Loadih, Misir- Gonda and Bariatu.


Nippon Koei India Private Limited a Consultancy firm of JICA Senior Manager Abhisek Singh said, “The team is performing its rendered duty efficiently and the project current status will be discussed after their arrival.”