260 filtration plants for WSS coming up in J

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Srinagar, Sep 24 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir government has initiated various steps to ensure potable water to people in the state with main thrust to bring left over habitation under drinking water scheme.

An official spokesman said today as many as 1357 water supply schemes, at a cost of Rs 1153.28 crore, are under execution in the state under accelerated rural water supply programme. Of which, the execution of 551 ongoing schemes at a cost of Rs 601 crore is in Kashmir division, 708 in Jammu division involving cost of Rs 538.40 crore.

He said Rs 13.88 are being spent on 98 water supply schemes in Leh and Kargil districts.

During last fiscal, 818 habitations of the state have been provided drinking water facilities under the ARWSP. The PHE department has also provided drinking water facility to 8050 rural schools in the state during last financial year.

He said Public Health Engineering (PHE) department has taken up the construction work of 260 filtration plants in respect of ongoing water supply schemes and 327 filtration plants have been revived for closed water supply schemes having nallahs as source.

Work on two iron removal plants of Wathura and Shadipora water supply schemes are in progress in Kashmir division, he said.

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