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    Bangladesh receives USD 200 mn from World Bank for safe water and sanitation services in Rural areas

    Published on February 10, 2021

    Bangladesh has received USD 200 million for Water Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) project for rural areas from the World Bank. The agreement was signed between the government of Bangladesh and the World Bank on Tuesday. The project is planned to help 3.6 million to access hygienic sanitation facilities  and about 6 lakh people to access clean water in rural areas.The WB funding will provide microcredits to both households and entrepreneurs for water and sanitation facilities. More than 3 lakh poorest households will receive fully subsidised toilets. Apart from household water connections, the project will construct 3000 community piped water schemes. 

    The project will install about 312 public toilets and 2,514 hand-washing stations at crowded public places, such as markets and bus stations. About 1,280 community clinics will have new or renovated facilities, said the press release issued by the World Bank. World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh Mercy Tembon said that the project will help prevent diseases and protect citizens from COVID 19 and other infectious diseases. The credit from the World Bank’s International Development Association, has a 30-year term, including a five-year grace period.