AUS­TRALIA JOINS UN TO RE­STORE WA­TER TREAT­MENT PLANT IN GELEPHU

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On Novem­ber 25, Aus­tralia com­mit­ted a to­tal of AUD 100,000 (USD 73,947) to the United Na­tions, to sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s re­con­struc­tion ef­forts of the Gelephu Thromde wa­ter treat­ment plant, which was se­verely dam­aged by the dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing in July. The funds will be chan­neled through the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme to sup­port the on­go­ing re­con­struc­tion ef­forts led by the Thromde with sup­port from the De­part­ment for Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment and De­part­ment for En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices. The fund­ing com­mit­ment by the Gov­ern­ment of Aus­tralia was for­mal­ized through the sign­ing of a Third-party Cost-shar­ing Agree­ment be­tween the Aus­tralian Am­bas­sador to Bhutan, Her Ex­cel­lency, Harinder Sidhu and the UNDP Res­i­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Ms Ni­amh Col­lier-Smith.

Aus­tralia’s com­mit­ment adds to an on­go­ing com­bined in­vest­ment of USD 250,000 by UNICEF and UNDP, in a bid to help the Gov­ern­ment move closer to the full cost of build­ing back bet­ter, the Gelephu – Mao Chhu In­fil­tra­tion Gallery and Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant, which is es­ti­mated to cost USD 550,000.

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