Rs 224 crore for 167 Water Supply Schemes in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 15 (UNI) The Public Health Engineering (PHE) department has taken up upgradation work of 167 ongoing Water Supply Scheme (WSS) in all the ten district of the Kashmir Valley, in order to cover additional population under safe drinking water facility.

An official spokesman said today that the WSS had been taken up at a cost of Rs 244 crore.

Rs 146 crore have been incurred on these schemes up to last financial year, he said adding during current financial year the department has a target to provide safe drinking water to 7.25 lakh additional souls of 624 villages and habitations of the division.

Rs 48 crore are being spent on upgradation of 38 WSS under district plan in the Division.

In Srinagar district, the work on 3 WSS for covering 19 villages at a cost of Rs 1.22 crore are in progress whereas the upgradation work of 2 WSS for providing potable drinking water facility to 1.41 lakh additional souls of Budgam district at a cost of Rs 6.69 crore is also underway.

Moreover, Rs 8.75 crore are being spent on 5 WSS to cover one lakh souls of 108 villages and hamlets of Pulwama district. Besides, Rs 10.94 crore are being incurred on 3 WSS to benefit 1. 59 lakh people of 99 villages of Baramulla district and Rs 4.61 crore on 5 WSS to cover 70,000 additional souls of 70 villages and habitations in Kupwara district.

In Bandipora district the upgradation work on 4 WSS at a cost of Rs 3.58 crore for providing safe drinking water facility to 60,000 additional populations of 58 villages and habitation is also in progress.

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