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In a significant development, Japan had pledged around 15.6 billion Yen (approximately $156 million) loan for the Guwahati sewer project during Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘s recent five-day visit.
At present, Guwahati does not have a proper sewer system, leading to untreated or semi-treated sewage being disposed in stormwater drains. Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) had initiated the Guwahati sewer project and submitted a proposal to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through the Centre’s department of economic affairs a year ago. Finally, during Modi’s recent visit, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to provide the loan. This will be JICA’s second project in Guwahati after a water supply project, which it supports in the north and south central zones of the city.
The seven-year project aims to provide proper sewerage facilities by constructing an extensive network of sewers in south, central and southeast areas of the city. By 2020, 10.10 lakh people are expected to benefit from the project, which would increase to 23.32 lakh by 2050.