Tigray Regional State Water Resources Bureau completed preparations to start a clean water project for the city of Meqele. The project, which is expected to cost around 270 million dollars, will be financed through a loan obtained from China. The project is expected to raise the clean water coverage of the city to 90pc from the current 53pc. Tewdros Gebreegzaber, head of the Water Bureau, said the project is planned to be completed in three years. It involves the building of a dam on the Gereb Giba River, which is located 20Km west of the city and will have a capacity of storing 362 million cubic metres of water. The construction will create 2,000 jobs. The Regional Government paid a compensation of 1.7 billion Br to farmers that will be displaced.
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