Inauguration Ceremony of Safe Water Supply System in Wangduephodrang

The inauguration ceremony of the ‘Project for Installation of Safe Water Supply System in Samthang, Wangduephodrang’, under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), will be held on 23rd August 2017, at Samthang, Wangduephodrang, Bhutan.

The ceremony will be attended by Mr. Sangay Tshewang, Principal, Technical Training Institute, Samthang, the recipient organization of this grant, and relevant officials of the Royal Government of Bhutan, as well as Mr. Kenko Sone, Minister - Economic, from the Embassy of Japan to Bhutan.

The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project scheme was established in 1989 to meet the diverse basic human needs in developing countries. The Government of Japan has supported Bhutan in various projects such as construction of bridges, as well as provision of fire engines and compactor trucks.

This project, with a funding assistance amounting to 2.8 million Yen, aims to set up a simple water supply scheme with purification system in order to provide safe water in Samthang, Wangduephodrang.

Since there are no public water supply facilities in this area at present, the people (students, officials, and local residents) are suffering from various water-borne diseases as a consequence of fetching water directly from a nearby river, as well as due to lack of a proper water treatment system.

The Government of Japan hopes that this project will benefit the students and teachers of this institution, as well as its neighbors, by facilitating access to clean and safe water in the target area. This will contribute to improving the hygiene and sanitation situation of the people. Through the GGP Scheme, the Government of Japan looks forward to further developing the relations of friendship and cooperation between Japan and Bhutan.