The Government Of Japan Grants US$ 203,671 For The Environmental Sanitation And Water Supply Projects In Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan

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Islamabad: 17th February, 2011

The Government of Japan has decided to grant financial support of US$ 203,671 (approx. Rs. 17.0 million) to the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP) for the Environmental Sanitation and Water Supply Projects in Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan.

The agreements for the two projects were signed on Thursday, 17th February 2011, at the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Islamabad, between Mr. Chihiro Atsumi, the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Mr. Akbarali Pesnani, Chairman of the AKCSP.

The Environmental Sanitation Project is meant for the Improvement of Community-based Environmental Sanitation, in Altit, Hunza. Around 237 households (1,820 individuals) including IDPs, who have migrated after Attaabad landslide disaster, will be benefited from this project. Local labour will be trained and employed during the execution of the Project which will help them to get new jobs in future to support their families.

The Water Supply Project is aimed at the Renovation of Water Supply Scheme in Karimabad, Hunza. The grant will be utilized for the renovation of pipelines and water tanks, which were previously funded by Japan in 2004 and were damaged due to landslides during preceding years. It would ultimately help in preserving the existing facility which is the present 'only drinking water source'. This project will benefit 450 households (around 3,600 individuals) in this area.

At the signing ceremony, Ambassador Atsumi stressed that improvement of water supply and sanitation is one of the priority areas in Japan's assistance policy towards Pakistan. He also emphasized that these projects would help more in improving the living standards of the inhabitants of the vicinity and also encourage the tourists in this valley which have very precious natural scenery and historical places. He expressed his hope that the current projects would further strengthen the existing friendly relations between the peoples of Japan and Pakistan. (End)