The project is considered as a reflection of the strong bilateral development cooperation between India and Cambodia.

Minister of State for External Affairs Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh and Cambodia’s Minister of Rural Development Dr. Ouk Rabun on Monday, through a virtual format, presided over handover of the final phase of the project for supply and installation of 1500 hand pumps for augmentation of rural water supply in the southeast Asian country.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the implementation of the project was financed by Government of India through a 100 percent grant.

This entailed supply and installation of 1500 hand pumps in two provinces of Cambodia, namely Tboung Khmum and Banteay MeanChey.

A rural population of nearly 4,00,000 in 433 villages are benefited by this project and has led to increase in population coverage with safe drinking water from 27 percent to 40 percent, the MEA said.

India looks forward to being a vital partner in Cambodia’s economic development, through continuation of capacity building efforts, financial support in terms of grants and concessional loans.