WB sponsored Water Supply and Sanitation Project launched

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Ludhiana, Sept 29 (UNI) A new World Bank sponsored Rs 1280.30 crore Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Project has been launched as part of Punjab government's comprehensive programme to provide potable drinking water in all the villages of the state, Punjab Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation Vikramjit Singh Majithia said here today.

While addressing public after laying the foundation stone of a Rs 58.15 lakh Water Supply project at Agwar Lopon Khurd near here, Mr Majithia said that under the World Bank project, funds amounting to Rs 1008.80 crore would be spent for infrastructure building, Rs 119.50 crore for Community Development and Rs 152 crore for Project Management.

He said that out of the total funds, the World Bank was contributing Rs 479.40 crore, Punjab Government Rs 235.40 crore and the Centre Rs 207.20 core and the remaining would be the community share.

He said that under an other program of NABARD, 21 Water Supply projects worth Rs 827.80 corre were already under progress, under which, funds amounting to Rs 461.21 crore had been incurred up to 31st May 2007 and total 2296 habitations had been provided with potable drinking water supply.

In addition, village ponds in 1000 villages were being renovated and laying of under ground drainage and sewerage system in 100 villages was being taken up to improve the environment, he added.

Mr Majithia further disclosed that Punjab government had made a provision of Rs 428.22 crore in the budget for current financial year. For this purpose, under which, Rs 267.02 crore were being spent on State Sponsors Scheme, Rs 161.20 on the Centrally Sponsored Water Supply Scheme in the state. He said that with the implementation of this scheme, no village of the state would be left uncovered.

The Minister further informed that under the NABARD Program, 113 schemes costing to Rs 30.16 crore, 171 villages were in progress in Ludhiana district alone. He informed that the government had also accorded sanction to a new project costing to Rs 3.63 crore to execute water supply 19 villages situated along Budha Nala in Ludhiana district and to cover the remaining 116 villages, two more projects estimated at Rs 13 crore had also been submitted for approval.

UNI

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