Grassroots human security grant aid to Samawah, Iraq

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend a grassroots human security grant aid totaling about 519,000 dollars (about 55.5 million yen) to the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, in the southern part of Iraq, in order to contribute to the improvement of the basic infrastructure (street and sidewalk, street lighting and drainage system) of Al-Kornish Street, in the central part of Samawah city, as the "Samawah Promenade Development Plan".

(1) Project for Rehabilitation of Street and Sidewalk on Al-Kornish Street
(up to 392,371 dolllars or about 42 million yen)

(2) Project for Provision of Street Lighting Equipment on Al-Kornish Street
(up to 106,280 dollars or about 11.3 million yen)

(3) Project for Provision of Drainage System on Al-Kornish Street
(up to 20,330 dollars or about 2.2 million yen)

2. The central part of the city of Samawah, beside the Euphrates River, is an important place where many citizens come and go. Its basic infrastructure, indispensable for civilian life, however, is in extremely poor condition because of such factors as the oppression under the Hussein government, occupied by the majority Shiites, and the economic sanctions after the Gulf War. This applies especially to Al-Kornish Street, whose deteriorated condition, flooding and poor lighting are badly affecting civilian life.

3. It is expected that by the implementation of this Plan, the main street in the central part of the city will be improved, contributing to the stability of people's livelihood and better public order for the 250,000 residents of Samawah who live along the street, use its shops and markets.