JICA wants to speed up water-related projects in Dong Nai

Dong Nai (VNA) – The Japan International Cooperation
Agency (JICA) met with leaders of southern Dong Nai province on July 10 to work
on the progress of Japan-funded water supply and drainage projects.

Phase I of the Nhon Trach water supply project,
using Japan’s ODA loan, became operational in 2014, generating 100,000 cu.m. of
water per day.

Dong Nai is carrying out phase II of the
project, funded with nearly 15 billion JPY (131.3 million USD) loaned by JICA,
to raise the daily capacity to 200,000 cu.m. of water.

The provincial People’s Committee said
procedures are being processed for the construction of phase II. Consultation
and design activities, carried out by some Japanese businesses, are expected to
finish by the end of 2017. Later, the construction package deal will be put out
to tender.

Shu Kitamura, a representative of the JICA
Vietnam Office, said phase II of the Nhon Trach project will pilot high-quality
technologies. Hence, JICA wants all steps of the project, from consultation,
design, to construction must meet all requirements.

Meanwhile, the water drainage and wastewater
treatment project in Bien Hoa city costs more than 45 billion JPY (393.9
million USD) in total, including 38 billion JPY (332.6 million USD) funded
through Japan’s ODA.

Shu Kitamura said the loan agreement for this
project will be signed in late July 2017. JICA wants Dong Nai province to
accelerate the selection of consultancies and design partners, as well as
necessary procedures, so that the project will be carried out soon.

The management board for projects in Dong Nai
said the consultancy and design partner selection for the Bien Hoa project is
set to complete in mid-October.

Bien Hoa city hasn’t had a wastewater treatment
system. All daily wastewater is still directly released into the Dong Nai
River, which is a source of water supply for some 20 million people. Flooding
is also becoming more and more serious in the city.-VNA

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