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The government of India has extended Tanzania $500m in water aid for the latter to implement some 16 water projects.
These projects are part of Tanzania’s on going efforts to ensure the public has access to water within a 400m radius of their residency.
Mtwara Region is one of the first beneficiaries of the funds. The Minister for Water Isack Kamwelwe visited the region and launched three projects earlier this week.
Once complete, residence will access the water through a cost sharing system. However, the cost is significantly less compared to the charges that they previously had to shoulder.
A bucket of 20 litres that went for 1000Tsh will now be sold for only 50Tsh and for the elderly, disabled and other special need groups, the water service will be free of charge.
In this single region, the water aid is expected benefit over 42,000 residents.
This marks the latest of water aid funding extended by India to Tanzania. In 2016 On the third leg of his four-nation tour of Africa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tanzanian President John Magufuli inked a $92m water aid fund for Zanzibar.
Other agreements signed included an MoU on water resource management and development, MoU for establishment of vocational training centre in Zanzibar, MoU on visa waiver for diplomatic/official passport holders and an agreement between National Small Industries Corporation of India and Small Industries Development Organisation Tanzania.
The two nation’s also agreed to deepen overall defense and security partnership, especially in the maritime domain.