Islamabad: Japanese Ambassador Kuninori Matsuda on Tuesday signed an agreement with the Ministry of Economic Affairs under which the Japanese government formally issued a grant to the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) for improving the sanitary environment of the city, a news source reported. The said financial assistance package is worth USD 4.7 million.
As per the details shared, the funds provided would be utilised to procure garbage disposal vehicles from Japan. Under the programme, the country would provide special vehicles for improving the sanitary environment of Islamabad. These would include garbage compactors, sewer jet sucking machines, and skip lifting vehicles.
During the agreement signing ceremony, the Japanese ambassador highlighted that a clean living environment was essential for preventing the spread of infectious diseases in the capital city. He expressed his hope that the grant assistance would help improve the sanitary environment and restore the beauty of Islamabad.
According to reports, the programme is expected to improve solid waste management in the city, which was one of the five indices of the ‘Clean & Green Pakistan’ initiative.