AUSTRALIA JOINS UN TO RESTORE WATER TREATMENT PLANT IN GELEPHU
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.