Uzbekistan to start a project to improve water supply
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Feb.28 /Trend D.Azizov/
Uzbekistan will start a project to reconstruct the water supply system in Jizzakh region in the second half of 2012, the agency Uzkommunservis, which is the executive agent for the project told Trend.
The project is envisaged to reconstruct 55 km of water intake facilities and to construct 33 kilometers of new water supply networks in Zafaraabad and Arnasay areas, reconstruct Koytash water intake structure in Gallyaral area.
Renovation and construction of intake structures and networks will be completed in 2016.
Project funding is provided through a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) amounting to $26 million. Uzbekistan allocated $12 million to the implementation of the project.
As previously reported, ADB provided a loan amounting to $58 million to implement programs on water supply improvement in different regions of the country in February 2012.
The loan will be used for modernization of water supply in Jizzakh and Khorezm regions, the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan, as well as for the reconstruction of water supply systems of Andizhan (the center of the homonymous province in the east).
Some $26 million of ADB loan funds will be directed for the implementation of the project in Jizzakh area, $5.7 million of which will be spent on the purchase of machinery and equipment, $19 million - construction and installation work. ADB borrowings granted for 32 years, including an eight-year grace period with interest at the rate of one percent per annum during the grace period and 1.5 percent - after its completion.
The project is a part of a government program, designed until 2018, under which is expected to fully meet the republic's need in quality drinking water. The total project cost of the program is $375 million. The Uzbek government will invest $ 75 million for in implementation
ADB has decided to allocate loans totaling $300 million to implement programs on drinking water supply improvement in rural areas of Uzbekistan in September 2009.
ADB provided $248 million to Uzbekistan, including$60 million in 2009 on a project to improve drinking water supply of rural population of 11 districts of Bukhara and Navoi provinces worth $75 million, $140 million on a similar project in four cities in the Fergana Valley - Fergana, Margilan, Kokand and Andijan in 2010, $58 million - in 2012.
As previously reported, the Bank approved loans for 35 joint projects in education and health services, modernization of generating capacity and energy infrastructure, rail and road infrastructure, public utilities, agriculture and financial sector since the entry of Uzbekistan as a member of ADB in 1995 of the total project worth more than $8.6 billion with a share of ADB financing - more than $3.8 billion.