Nepal and Japan have signed a Grant Agreement for a Project on Development of Digital Elevation Model and Orthophoto. Japan would bear the project cost of worth 1,319.9 million Nepali Rupees for the development of high precision Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data and orthophoto covering the Terai belt of Province 1, 2 and part of Bagmati Province east of Narayani River.
The Government of Nepal and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed on the grant project on Monday. Earlier, an Exchange of Note – the bilateral agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Nepal was signed on their respective behalf by MasamichiSaigo, the Ambassador of Japan to Nepal andSishir Kumar Dhungana, Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of Nepal.
The Grant Agreement for the Project for the Development of Digital Elevation Model and Orthophoto was signed by Chief Representative, JICA Nepal Office Yumiko Asakuma and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance Shreekrishna Nepal, according toa statement issued by JICA here Monday.
The southern flat plain of Nepal has been regularly suffering from the floods severely. The recent flood of 2017 caused huge human and economic losses. The Project has been primarily envisaged to support the Disaster Risk Reduction particularly for the flood hazard by developing high precision DEM data. Although, the Project has been initiated from the DRR point of view, the DEM data developed under the Project will also be highly useful in all physical infrastructure planning and development related projects such as settlement/urban planning, roads, irrigation, water supply and sewerage, etc.
The Project will be executed under the leadership of the Survey Department, Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, adds the statement.
Source: National News Agency Nepal