A JICA member (left) conducts a presentation at the RMC office in Ranchi on Monday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Half the capital residents rely on private wells as Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) water supply is inadequate. As many as 68 per cent households say solid waste collection from their doorsteps is irregular. Ranchi doesn’t have a public sewerage comprising pipes and treatment plant.
These were a few points highlighted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) team, which presented before RMC an interim survey report on the city’s sewerage at the RMC office on Monday.
The survey covered 120 households of 55 RMC wards.
Now, the RMC will give its feedback to JICA’s PowerPoint presentation — Japanese company Nippon Koei also collaborated on it — so that a detailed project report can emerge to fix the yen loan needed for the Rs 1,200-crore Ranchi sewerage system, a PPP project.
The Centre recently gave a go-ahead of Rs 302 crore for the first zone of the project, covering the first eight wards.
Koji Honda, assistant director of South Asia division, JICA headquarters in Tokyo, along with colleague Itaru Chiba, gave a presentation on the remaining three zones covering ward Nos. nine to 55.
Also present were additional chief development specialist of JICA (India office) M.P. Singh, RMC chief executive officer Manoj Kumar and public relations officer Naresh Sinha and Ranchi deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya.
JICA (India office) development specialist Singh said the Monday meeting focused on project sustainability and optimal cost while keeping RMC officials in the loop.
“We expect work to start by March 2015 once the yen loan is approved,” Singh said.
He added they had a better understanding of the project now. “According to an old report, 113 families would have been shifted due to the sewerage project. In the revised report, not a single family will need to shift,” he said.
“We will go ahead with JICA’s report as it is prepared according to topography,” RMC CEO Kumar said.
In June 2013, the Centre had requested JICA to collaborate on Ranchi’s mammoth sewerage project.