Buddhadeb launches Arsenic Free Water Supply Project

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Deganga, Jun 15 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya today launched a Rs.43.89 crore second phase Arsenic Free Water Supply Project at Kartickpur for about 8 lakh people of North 24 Parganas.

''We have no other way but to ignore Opposition's hue and cry against development. We will have to set up industry in all the districts for the sake of the present generation, who have been passing out from hundreds of colleges and engineering institutions besides from the 17 universities of the state,'' the Chief Minister said.

''These educated youths will never go for jobs in Agriculture and we need to create job opportunities for them in industries, Mr Bhattacharya asserted. ''We have seen such hue and cry in other countries during industrialisation, the Chief minister added.

Mr Bhattacharya further said the state was self-sufficient in food products with the development in Agriculture which reached at its peak as ''we have crossed the rice production of 150 lakh tones.'' ''Now we needed development in industry along with human resources,'' the Chief Minister pointed out.

Earlier, Public Health Engineering and Housing Minister Gautam Deb said his department for the first time in the country utilised Information Technology to run and control modern water treatment plant commissioned at the Palta Water Works premises to eliminate arsenic and other hazardous elements from water.

The water supply system of the project would cover at least 382.1 Sq Km area of four blocks that include parts of Barrackpore 2, Barasat-1, Amdanga and Deganga with the support of repair of boosting stations.

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