Over 500 villages to be covered under World Bank scheme

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Chandigarh, Feb 5: The Punjab Government would cover 588 villages under the World Bank aided Punjab Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in the first phase in the next financial year.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting to monitor the progress of this prestigious World Bank project by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here this morning. It may be recalled that under this project 3044 villages would be provided with the basic civic amenities of safe drinking water and sewerage at a cost of Rs 1280.30 crore.

It was informed in the meeting that at present 88 villages had been identified as a 'pilot batch' to implement this project by September this year and the remaining 500 villages would be taken up for a similar project subsequently.

The basic objective of the water scheme component under this project was to ensure the supply of 70 liters of water per day per person in the rural sector.

Taking part in deliberations Mr Badal directed the department of Water Supply and Sanitation to procure high quality water pipes keeping in view its durability and hygiene. He also appealed to the local MLAs to motivate the general public to contribute their respective share of 10 per cent for the timely implementation of the project.

As of now 10 per cent contribution had been received in 36 out of 47 villages in Malwa, 7 out of 14 villages in Majha and 25 out of 27 villages in Doaba for the implementation of the scheme under the pilot batch of 88 villages.

To ensure clean drinking water to the inhabitants in the rural areas, the Punjab government would soon install 300 filtration plants and about 1000 village ponds would be cleaned with the latest technology which would be finalised shortly.

Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Chief Secretary R I Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister D S Guru and Secretary Water Supply and Sanitation P S Aujla.

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