Three JICA-supported Sewerage Treatment Plants have been inaugurated in Bengaluru at Raja Canal, Nagasandra and Chikkabanavara, with a total treatment capacity of 65 million litres per day (MLD). The three plants are expected to treat the sewerage generated by around five people in Bengaluru, and the total capacity of JICA-funded STPs will sum up to treating 3.5 million people’s sewerage, which consists of more than one third of the total population in Bengaluru. The construction and operation of the plants are under the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Project (Phase II-2).
Takayoshi Tange, Senior Representative, JICA India Office has said that JICA’s assistance was aimed at comprehensive development of water supply and sewerage infrastructure so as to meet the ever-increasing needs of citizens of Bengaluru. There are more STPs in construction under the overall Project. “JICA renders its continuous support and engagement for betterment of water and sanitation services in Bengaluru through its various schemes, including ODA loans, technical assistance, citizen partnership and public-private partnership programs, etc.”
Phase II-2 Project assists rehabilitation of sewer network, reduction of Non-Revenue Water (NRW), installation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system which enables remote control and monitoring of the facilities, and consulting services to the Project as well as to BWSSB.
Components such as a slum development, raising awareness of the residents, installation of water distribution and sewerage infrastructure, and focus on women’s participation are supported by JICA as comprehensive measures for sustainable water sector development.
To address the need for water conservation, organisations globally are starting to focus their attention on means of sustainable management of water resources. The GVK Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) has implemented an environment-friendly initiative, the inclusion of Green Seal certified products on airport premises. The initiative at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), is supplemented by Waterless Urinals Programme.