Patna, May 17 (UNI) In order to minimise the devastation caused by catastrophic flood every year and provide potable drinking water to the people, the government has decided to spend Rs 870 crore on flood and water management in the state under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme(NREGA).
Addressing a meeting with Development Commissioners, state Water Resources Minister Vijender Prasad Yadav here today announced that Rs 580 crore would be spent on water management and Rs 290 crore on flood control.
The project would include repair of dams and embankments to avoid breaches following torrential rainfall and perennial flood.
The district administration had been instructed to begin the work to finish the job at the earliest, providing much needed relief to the people in North Bihar, he said.
He maintained that the project had been clubbed with NREGA keeping in view the unemployment among the masses in the rural segment.
This golden project would help the unskilled and unemployed rural youths in earning their livelihood as well as working for flood control and water management at the same time, the Minister stated.
The iniative is in collaboration with the Water Resource department and '' we are committed to providing hygienic water to the people as it is the basic need for everyone, '' he added.
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