Meghalaya would execute the Shillong Urban Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Project (SUWESP) with an Australian government assistance of 58 lakh Australian dollars in the first phase to be implemented in 18 months, the state assembly was told on Friday.
Public Health Engineering (PHE) Minister M N Mukhim told opposition member Ardhendu Chaudhuri (NCP) that for the second phase of the project, to be completed in 42 months, 120 lakh Australian dollars were earmarked.
Mukhim said the project, whose final project design document was received in May, was aimed to develop and demonstrate sustainable strategies for urban water supply, sanitation, drainage and solid waste management facilities and services in Shillong through carrying out a detailed survey of the existing facilities and services.
Constructing small pilot projects in identified areas and preparing a detailed project report enabling the state government to seek external assistance from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other similar international institutions were also the aims of the project, he said.
PHE and urban affairs department would be the nodal departments to implement the project, Mukhim said, adding the work would be carried out through an Australian managing contractor.
The departments of the state would assist in project implementation, and chief secretary alog with the planning and finance departments would oversee, monitor and evaluate the scheme.