Badal unveils Rs 206 cr projects in Malwa belt

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Chandigarh, May 23 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today unveiled a multi-phase Rs 206.86 crore Water Supply, Sewerage and Sewage Treatment Plant projects in 13 Municipal Councils of Bathinda and Mansa.

Addressing a public function on the occasion Mr Badal said under the first phase, the foundation stones of these projects had been laid at five municipal councils of Bathinda district namely Kotfatta (Rs 5.32 crore), Bhucho (Rs 7.09 crore), Maur (Rs 24.01 crore), Rampura Phul (Rs 24 crore) and Bathinda (Rs 29.40 crore) and two municipal councils Bhikhi (Rs 17.96 crore) and Budhlada (Rs 17.10 crore)in Mansa district.

In the next phase, Sardulgarh (Rs 18.03 crore), Bareta (Rs 7.10 crore) and Mansa (Rs 29.05 crore) town in Mansa district and Sangat (Rs 4.98 crore), Goniana (Rs 7.81 crore) and Raman (Rs 14.99 crore) in Bathinda district would be covered tomorrow, he added.

The Chief Minister said the Punjab Government required Rs 2784 crore for providing safe drinking water (Rs 638 crore), sewerage (Rs 756 crore) and sewage treatment plants (Rs 1390 crore) for 100 per cent coverage of its population for these schemes.

He said efforts were afoot to tie up with Centre, World Bank, NABARD and other premier funding agencies to seek these funds to accomplish this gigantic task.

Mr Badal stressed that the SAD-BJP Government was committed to provide basic amenities to people through Government's multi- dimensional development programme of water supply, sewerage and sewage treatment plants which would be completed within three years.

He informed that that 15 per cent of urban population was yet to be provided the facility of clean drinking water and 43 per cent was still without sewerage facility in the State.

Mr Badal emphasised the need to adopt a holistic approach to bring awareness amongst the masses about cleanliness and hygiene as an increasing number of people of the Malwa belt were contracting diseases like cancer, skin diseases, viral hepatitis, gastro-intestinal infections, bone and joint disorders and dental caries due to high rate of toxicity in the water.

He urged the people to contribute their share of 10 per cent and 5 per cent respectively towards the World Bank's drinking water and sewerage facility schemes.

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