Most Mizo villages have access to drinking water: Minister

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Aizawl, Apr 22 (UNI) Most of the villages in Mizoram now have now access to pure drinking water owing to the collective efforts of officials in the PHE department, state Public Health Engineering (PHE) Minister Tawnluia said.

The Minister was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the UN's International Year of Sanitation here yesterday.

Mr Tawnluia said as many as 471 villages in Mizoram had been provided with pure drinking water, adding that efforts were on to cover another 219 villages this year.

''Besides, most of the water in Mizoram is spring water and therefore, high in mineral content,'' officials said.

Following the UN's declaration of the year 2008 as International Year of Sanitation, the state PHE department organised a meeting with the theme ''Sanitation Promoting Health and Hygiene for All.'' The Minister urged the gathering, students and department officials concerned to render all possible service to achieve sanitation and health.

''Whereas villages have maintained proper sanitation, the city dwellers are living in unhygienic conditions due to improper planning,'' the officilas said.

Official reports highlighted that the PHE department had launched total sanitation campaigns, distributed toilet materials free to 47,593 BPL families and constructed 727 anganwadi toilets and 123 units of community sanitary complexes to promote hygeinic living conditions in rural areas.

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