Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 9
By Zulfiyya Kurbanova - Trend:
The first phase of reconstruction in Gusar region within the framework of the project of water supply and sanitation services in small towns of Azerbaijan, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency in collaboration with the Government of Azerbaijan, is completed and it will ensure uninterrupted water supply of 400 homes, the message of Azersu (national water operator of Azerbaijan) reads Sept.9.
Over 6,100 subscribers, which will also be provided with water meters such as a smart card, will be connected to the network in total upon completion of the works.
A rainwater installation of drainage type with a capacity of 85 liters per second or 7,344 cubic meters per day was built in the channel of Gusarchay within the framework of the first phase. The water main of 21 km length and three reservoirs were built from the source in the direction of the city.
Currently, work on the second phase of the project continues, which will involve a centralized network of water supply and sanitation in Hussar. Work on construction of the 10 kilometers of the 106.5 kilometers long water pipeline, 51 kilometers of sewer lines with a total length of 102 kilometers are also completed.
The villages of Balagusar, Hasangala, Kohne Hudat, Chilyagir, Yukhary Lyayar, Gayakend and Huray of Hussar region, Chartepe, Orta Huch, Ashagy Huch of Guba region will also be provided with drinking water along with the city of Hussar within the framework of the project.
Wastewater from Hussar, Guba and Khachmaz regions will merge in the installation of wastewater treatment plants to be built in the future in the Khachmaz region.
"Reconstruction of water supply and sewerage Gusar" project provides supply of 31.5 thousand residents of Hussar and 10 surrounding villages with drinking water until 2030.
The loan agreement for the project of water supply and sanitation in small towns of the country was signed between the Azerbaijani government and JICA on May 29, 2009. With a total project cost of $452 million, JICA will provide a loan of $344 million (32,851 million yen), and the remaining $108 million fall on the share of the government.
Credit resources are provided on a combined scheme of financing. One part of the loan is provided for 30 years at an annual rate of 1.4 percent, the second for 40 years at a rate of 0.65 percent. In this case, the services of consultants are also financed by credit funds disbursed at an annual rate of 0.01 percent for 40 years.
Credit payments will begin in March 2019 and complete in 2049.
The project aims to improve water and sanitation systems of Shirvan, Salyan, Neftchala, Khachmaz, Barda, Yevlakh, Khizi, Hussar, Gobustan and Naftalan areas.
The executing agency for the project is the Azersu joint-stock company.