Indian Officials Say JICA-backed Projects Would Be Delayed

Officials at India’s Uttar Pradesh state say they have yet to hear from the Japan International Cooperation Agency regarding ongoing projects funded by the Japanese aid agency, saying Japan may be focusing now on domestic rehabilitation after last month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

“All the projects which are directly or indirectly funded by JICA would now be delayed. Though there is no official communication from the Japanese Embassy or the JICA officials, but we believe that Japan’s priority would now be to set its own house in order post-tsunami than doing philanthropic work in India,” Agriculture Production Commissioner Alok Ranjan told The Pioneer on Friday (April 15).

JICA is financing a canal project and the construction of a sewage treatment plant in the Indian state.

The Uttar Pradesh government has written to JICA on future funding for these projects but has so far not received any reply, according to officials, The Pioneer reports.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.