Myanmar: Yangon Water Supply Project
Updated - Monday 29 July 2002
Myanmar will implement a Japanese-proposed project to improve the water supply system in the capital of Yangon, according to a latest report of the Yangon municipal authorities. The US$ 1.5 billion (EUR 1.53 billion) project was put forward to the Yangon City Development Committee recently by consultants from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japanese government's overseas aid agency. The two-stage project will meet the estimated daily demand of nearly 2 million m3 of water by 2020 against the current daily figure of about 615,000 m3. The first stage of the project (2004-2010), estimated at a cost of about US$ 800 million (EUR 816 million), would include rehabilitation of old pipes and improvement of the supply and distribution network and the reservoir system. The second phase of the project would involve developing a management plan for ground water, strengthening the distribution network and replacing three pumps at the Gyobyu water reservoir, one of the main water sources for the capital. Yangon city is reportedly short of water supply for its 5.5 million population. Meanwhile, under Japan's Official Development Assistance program, the JICA began in 2001-02 implementing a JPY 624 million (EUR -yen (EUR 5.32 million) rural water supply project in Myanmar's eastern Shan state covering 250 villages.
Source: Xinhuanet, 16 Jul 2002
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