Punjab begins identification of villages for World Bank scheme

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Amritsar, Oct 24 (UNI) The Punjab government has intiated an ideentification programme to select priority villages for the Rs 1280 crore World Bank aided clen drining water scheme for the rural areas.

This was revealed by Public Health and Information and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia during his tour of Nag Nawa, Nag Khurd, Nangal Panwan and Pandher villages of the district today.

He said village panchyats would have to deposit share money for this water supply scheme. A village which has a scheduled caste population of over 40 per cent would deposit five per cent of the total cost to be incured in the village.

The remaining villages will deposit ten per cent of the cost of the scheme.

Mr Majithia further said that out of the 1500 crore World Bank assisted project for upgradation of the state's plan road infrastructure, Rs 275 crore have been allocated this year as the state's contribution in the project. For the upgradation of road and communication network Punjab the government had hiked the allocation for this sector to Rs 605.10 crore as compared to last years allocation of Rs 367.75 crore.

Besides, Rs 260 crore had been provided under NABARD aided projects for widening of roads and constructions of bridges, he said. He also said that with the help of Centre Government, Rs 126 crore would be spent on the development of border districts of Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran and Ferozepur.

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