June 2010 – The Karnataka government is in the process of seeking additional funds from the World Bank for development works like creation of sewage and drinking water system in the new areas of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) or the Greater Bangalore City Corporation. The BBMP was created in 2007 by merging eight urban local bodies with the then Bangalore City Corporation. At present, there are 198 wards in BBMP and most of them lack basic civic amenities.
Asian Countries Tackle Problem of Rising Water Demands in Urban Areas – Nine Asian countries under the auspices of Japan have met to discuss ways to meet the ‘explosive’ demands of urban water supplies in their respective areas. After a three-day meeting Jan.
JICA’s projects are global and encompass a series of different approaches ranging from raising educational awareness of water issues, teaching management, administrative and water engineering skills, building simple village water pumps in African villages or sophisticated filtration systems in cities to improving irrigation and agricultural systems, reducing the impact of climate change and improving health facilities and the expertise of nurses and volunteers to reduce widespread waterborne and other diseases.
JICA and the City of Yokohama, the birthplace of modern waterworks in Japan, organized the “Executive Forum for Enhancing Sustainability of Urban Water Service in Asian Region: Sharing and Mutual Learning of Experience Based on Partnership of Water Operators in Asia” on January 20-22, 2010. Invited were top executives of urban water operating entities and officials responsible for waterworks administration from Asian countries that have received ODA targeting the waterworks sector from the Japanese government.
Administration of Japanese ODA
09 Sep 2009, HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board has approached the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for financial assistance to improve the water supply and sewerage systems in the peripheral and core areas of the Twin Cities. The system rehaul would cost about Rs 4,700 crore.
(Oct 2009) -- PLN is seeking $300 million to finance the construction of an electricity connection to Malaysia as part of the unified Asean power grid project. The interconnector will link Riau in Sumatra with Penang state in Malaysia. PLN and Malaysia’s state electricity provider, Tenaga Nasional (TNB), signed a preliminary agreement in October 2009 for power swaps via the interconnector. The Asian Development Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the World Bank have shown interest in financing the project, which is expected to start in 2012 and be finished by 2015.