The Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (STWSSSP-1, 2, 3), with financing support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), is being implemented to provide quality water and sanitation services benefiting over 1.2 million people in 70 small towns with construction and upgrading of water pipes, treatment facilities and household connections, as well as septic tanks, drainage and public awareness campaigns. The Third phase (TSTWSSSP) project is targeting infrastructure improvements in 20 towns, which will serve to population of 297,000.00 including Amargadi, Dadeldhura District, Nepal.
The Executive Director of Town Development Fund (TDF), Mr. Maniram Singh Mahat, and the Chairperson of Amargadi Water Supply and Sanitation Users Association (WUSA) Mr. Rabindra K.C. signed loan agreement of NRs. 75,464,750.00 on 31th December 2017, amidst a function held in the office of TDF, New Baneshwore, in the presence of representatives from of the WUSA and senior officials of TDF. The maturity of the loan will be 25 years with 5 year grace period. This loan amount is equal to 25% of the total project cost, for 5% interest rate. The WUSA will receive 70% of total project cost from the Government of Nepal (GoN) as grant and 5% is already matched by the users committee as upfront cash deposit.
The project delineation of service area covers the ward no 2, 4, 5, and 8 of Amargadi Municipality with 24 hours continuous supply of potable water, as recommended by Nepal Drinking Water Quality Standard (NDWQS) guidelines. The project will directly benefit the population of 5,377 living in 1,200.00 households, fulfilling the estimated demand. The major components of the project includes, Intake, Collection Chambers, Break Pressure Tanks, Sedimentation tanks , Roughening filter, Slow sand filters, Disinfection, Transmission pipeline, Distribution system, RCC Reservoir, Office building, Guard house, House Connections, Electric facilities and necessary appurtenances. The project is just started and the contractor is mobilized in the site.TDF will be supporting Amargadi WUSA in sustainable operation of the utility by extending technical support in the days to come.