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Govt okays Rs 2,200-crore rural water, sanitation plan

Tribune News, 01 January, 2014


CHANDIGARH: To expand and remodel the rural water supply and sanitation facilities in waterlogged areas of Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today approved a proposal of ~2,200 crore to be sent to the Union Government for recommending it to the World Bank under the rural water supply sanitation project, phase-2.


An official press release said the objective of the ambitious project was to provide quality water supply and sanitations facilities in rural areas of the state. Under the project, the state government has laid special emphasis on providing water supply and sanitation facilities to waterlogged areas of the state.


The state government has sought expansion and remodeling of 70 existing schemes of rural water supply and sanitation in 108 villages of Muktsar and Fazilka districts at a cost of Rs 175 crore.


Likewise, to provide water connections to all households of 800 villages, the state government has proposed to upgrade the service level of 800 water supply schemes from 40 to 70 litre water per person per day with an investment of Rs 300 crore.


The state government has also desired to improve the operational performance and efficiency of existing water supply schemes in 1,000 villages with Rs 125 crore, which were already functioning at service level of 70 litre per capita per day.


The government has also proposed the implementation of piped solid free sewerage system in 800 villages with effluent treatment as per guidelines of pollution control with an investment of Rs 1,300 crore. It has further desired to install RO systems and other suitable technology in 250 villages with the cost of Rs 50 crore where undesirable contaminants were more than the permissible limits.


The government also proposed to strengthen the information education communication, capacity building and engineering support activities with the establishment of a state-level training institute in the state.