Haryana approves purified drinking water supply project

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Chandigarh, Apr 9 (UNI) The Haryana Governmenmt has approved a public-private-community partnership project for supply of purified drinking water in those villages of the state which have chemical contamination in the surface and ground water.

Approval to the project was granted during Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's meeting with the representatives of the Naandi Foundation and Tata Projects Ltd in New Delhi last evening.

The supply of purified water would be on nominal charges at villagers' doorsteps.

The Chief Minister asked the officers participating in the meeting to hand over a list of 100 such villages in the first phase and complete other formalities like installation of tube-wells at the earliest.

The Chief Minister pointed out that there are many villages in the state which have high degree of chemical contamination in their groundwater due to presence of fluoride, nitrate and arsenic which can lead to various diseases.

In the meeting, the representatives of the companies explained that it would be tripartite partnership between the government, panchayat, Naandi Foundation and Tata Projects Ltd in which the first party will provide water source, land, capital cost and permit Naandi to supply and deliver safe drinking water; Tata will extend technology, provide annual maintenance and quality assurance and Naandi will ensure distribution, health education, and community promotion.

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