Gilgit - Baltistan

Japan to provide grant worth $ 132,826 for water supply schemes in Northern Areas

ISLAMABAD, Sep 26 (APP): Japan Friday signed an agreement with Aga Khan Cultural Service to extend grant of $ 132,826 under Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects to provide drinking water to the residents of Northern Areas of Pakistan.

Under this grant, Aga Khan Cultural Service will start two projects in Doqsa, Skardu, and Giram Altit in the Northern Area of Pakistan, for providing safe drinking water and to improve public health conditions in these areas.

The contract of these projects were signed today at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence here.

Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Chihiro Atsumi and Chief Executive Officers of Aga Khan Cultural Service Salman Beg signed the agreement.

At the signing ceremony, the Japanese Ambassador stressed that the health sector is a priority area in Japan’s Official Development Assistant policy.

He then expressed his hope that these projects would improve the fundamental living standards of the people in Skardu and Giram Altit and contribute to strengthening the existing relationship between the people of Japan and Pakistan.

Under the agreement, a project for Water Filtration and Delivery for Village Doqsa, Skardu, Northern Area, with 3.9 km pipe and a water filtration facility, for processing 8,640 gallons of polluted water per hour to provide  it to 1000 people in Doqsa, Skardu, Northern Area will be completed.

Another project for Improvement of Community-based Environmental Sanitation, Giram Altit, Northern Area will be constructed with 2 km water pipeline and a water sewage disposal facility, to process 320,040 gallons of sewage water and improvement of sanitation for 1,200 people in Giram Altit, Northern Area will be completed.

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