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Talks on with Japan team

Residents of central Ranchi can hope to bid goodbye to spilling drains and dirty roads, but only in next couple of years.

A delegation of Japan Infrastructure Corporation Agency was in the state capital for final round of discussions and presentations for Zone II of an ambitious sewerage project under JNNURM.

The project budget, estimated to be around Rs 700 crore, was discussed threadbare for the second day on Wednesday at Ranchi Municipal Corporation.

The first meeting was held on Tuesday at the urban development department office in Project Building.

“We had discussions on projection implementation units, DPR of Zone II and many other issues for the last two days. Today (Wednesday), the Japanese representatives made a presentation on the basis of which we had talks on their requirements for the second zone,” said Om Prakash Shah, deputy CEO of RMC.

Zone II of the sewerage project is the biggest since it will cater to populated areas like Upper Bazar, Old Commissioner’s Compound, Tharpakhna and places around Albert Ekka Chowk.

“Thursday, we will hold another meeting with the delegation after which a final meeting for the second zone would be held with the urban development secretary,” Shah said.

The Japan delegation is being led by Koji Honda, assistant director of South Asia division. Among the others who took part were M.P. Singh, additional chief development specialist (India office), representatives of the Japanese agency’s implementing agency Nippon Koei, RMC CEO Manoj Kumar, and deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijaywargiya.