EBRD provides additional US$4.2 mln
for improvement of water supply in southern
Bank for Reconstruction and Development is intensifying municipal operations in
agreement on providing a US$4.2 million capital grant to support the project
for improvement of the water supply in southern
was inked by Mr. Ulf Hindstrom, Head of the EBRD
Resident Office in
We will recall
that last year, the EBRD provided a $2 million loan to Khojagii
Manziliyu Kommunali to
improve the water supply in southern
builds on the Bank’s previous experiences in the Tajik water sector. After the
successful implementation of a program of improvements in Khujand
the EBRD was approached by the government of
The new project in the south of the country is a first step in this direction. Danghara has a population of 21,000 and is constantly facing acute water shortages due to inadequate and decaying infrastructure. Kulob is an important center for commerce with a population of more than 90,000 and an additional 85,000 living in surrounding rural settlements. Kulob has excellent, yet poorly used water resources. Qurghon Teppa is an industrial center and home to some 70,000 people. Despite recent efforts to improve services, the water and wastewater infrastructure condition remains in poor condition.
The EBRD loan and the donor’s contribution will not only finance infrastructure investments. At a later stage the gradual introduction of a new tariff policy will help the local water companies to cover operating costs and generate income, while protecting low income households. Cost reductions, efficiency measures and transparency will in a further step lead to performance improvements of the water companies.