Islamabad: Mr. Takashi Katae, Deputy Chief of Mission, inaugurated a water supply facility that has started providing safe and clean water to Village Pepal Porian (Tehsil Murree, District Rawalpindi, Punjab) and Village Bissan Phatian Pona (District Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa).
This project was funded by a grant of US $ 115,957 from the Government of Japan to the Society for Upgradation of Knowledge, Health and Infrastructure (SUKHI), an NGO actively working for rural development in Pakistan.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Honourable Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan, the staff of the NGO, members of the local community and other notables from the area.
Before this intervention, the area which is situated on the boundary of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces was facing an acute shortage of water, particularly in the summer season. This caused an adverse effect on the community, especially women who had to fetch water from a long distance. This project has provided more than 200 households with safe and clean water at their doorsteps which would be available all year round.
At the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Katae stressed the importance of clean drinking water and basic sanitation services. He expressed his hope that this project would also contribute to other dimensions of development in the locality, such as education, health and economic growth, and in doing so would certainly strengthen the friendly relations between the people of Japan and Pakistan.