$ 4.5m Danish help to improve rural water supply

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 10, 2009 in Water

Bangladesh will receive 4.5 million US dollar from Denmark for improving drinking water supply in rural areas of greater Rajshahi Division.

The Embassy of Denmark has granted the assistance for the two-year project, to be implemented by the Barind Multi-purpose Development Authority (BMDA) in cooperation with local governments and communities.

The project includes construction of 200 rural piped water supply schemes that will benefit at least 400,000 people, said a Denmark Embassy release.

Funding to the project is provided through the dedicated Hygiene, Sanitation and Water Supply (HYSAWA) Fund, which is an autonomous company established under the Companies Act, 1994.

The HYSAWA Fund has been established to improve rural water supply and sanitation in selected parts of Bangladesh by providing direct financial and technical support to the union parishads.

The Fund aims at strengthening the role and involvement of local governments in all aspects of planning, implementation and management of rural water supply and sanitation.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in this regard at the HYSAWA Fund Management Office in the city yesterday. Executive Director of BMDA, Abdul Mannan and Managing Director of the HYSAWA Fund Management Office Enamul Kabir signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.

Jan Møller Hansen, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy said : “We hope that the Danish assistance will contribute significantly to ensuring reliable and safe drinking water supply for poor communities in the north western part of Bangladesh.”

He assured that assistance would also be provided for enhancing the capabilities of BMDA and local authorities in integrated water resources management, which is a critical issue in this part of the country.

The daily star 10.02.2009

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