ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Government of Japan On Tuesday approved a financial grant of US$425,998 (approx Rs36.2 million) to Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) to provide safe drinking water for the people in rural areas of Murree. The agreement for the project was signed between Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Hiroshi OE, and Fumitoshi Takakura a representative of JMAS here at the Ambassadors residence. Japanese Ambassador stressed that the water and sanitation sector was one of the priority areas in Japans Assistance Policy for Pakistan and he thanked JMAS for their successful enforcement of the water supply project since 2009. He expressed his hope that these projects would lead to improve the fundamental living standards of the people in Pakistan and contribute to further strengthening the existing friendly relations between people of Pakistan and Japan. JMAS has already implemented water supply project in another area of Murree through Japans Grant Assistance from 2009 to 2010 and the beneficiaries of that project were satisfied with the improved access to safe drinking water. The grant would be utilized for the construction of water supply systems and for the repair of broken water pipes and tanks in Sihanna village, suburb of Murree. Meanwhile, JMAS would also teach the maintenance skills of water supply system to the residents in Sinha. The purpose of the project is to supply safe drinking water for the residents of the area who have been facing acute water shortage because of inadequate management of the water supply systems.