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NEW DELHI: 5 January 2006

The Government of Japan has agreed to extend to the Government of India a grant assistance of 603 million yen (approximately equivalent to Rs.23 Crore) for the project for Development of Groundwater in the State of Uttar Pradesh. Notes concerning the project were signed and exchanged between H.E. Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Ambassador of Japan to India, and Mr. M.F. Farooqui, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, in the Ministry of Finance today.

The State of Uttar Pradesh has been facing, in the recent years, various problems associated with groundwater, such as over-pumping, contamination, and industrial pollution of shallow groundwater, etc., resulting in lowering of water level as well as water quality degradation. In order to overcome this alarming situation, the Government of Uttar Pradesh is preparing a plan to secure the required water supply rate, by using advanced equipments to develop deep aquifers to tap groundwater with improved quality and also add to the quantity of water available. The equipments to be provided under this grant assistance would enable the State Government to tap improved quality water most effectively, and maintain a stable supply to a wider population. Besides, on-the-job training of personnel during the commissioning of the project is also an integral part of the plan, which aims to fulfil the basic needs of good quality water for a large number of towns and cities in the State.