Embassy of Japan in Nepal

Japan's ODA Loan Assistance (Melamchi Water Supply Project)

The Government of Japan has extended loan assistance of up to five billion, four hundred and ninety-four million Japanese Yen (5,494,000,000), equivalent to forty-four million, six hundred and six thousand US Dollars (US$44,606,000), or about three billion, two hundred and ninety-six million, four hundred thousand Nepalese Rupees (NRs.3,296,400,000), to the Government of Nepal for the implementation of the Melamchi Water Supply Project, which is expected to be funded jointly by ADB, Norwegian Aid Agency (NORAD), Nordic Development Fund (NDF), Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), OPEC Fund and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Notes to this effect were signed and exchanged on March 30, 2001.

The Government of Nepal will utilize the loan amount to construct a Water Treatment Plant at Mahankal village near Sundarijal, northeast of Kathmandu. The Water Treatment Plant will obtain raw water from the tailrace of the tunnel constructed under the Melamchi Diversion Scheme component. In this facility, the raw water will be converted into WHO standard potable water through a treatment process which includes aeration, sedimentation, rapid filtration and other methods.

After completion of the Water Treatment Plant, along with the other components of the Melamchi Water Supply Project, it is expected that the population of the Kathmandu Valley will receive sufficient quantity of clean potable water; as they have dreamed about for many years. It is predicted that the Project will fully address the water demand of the Valley population for the years to come.

In addition, the Government of Japan expects that the Water Treatment Plant facilities will greatly help to reduce the cases of waterborne disease in the Kathmandu Valley. At present, waterborne diseases are among the most prevalent forms of illness diagnosed among hospital out-patients.

This project is one of the most important projects to be implemented under loan assistance of the Japanese ODA. It is hoped that this Project will be another milestone in the cordial relationship of friendship and cooperation between Japan and Nepal.

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