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Provide affected areas safe drinking water: Centre

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New Delhi, May 6 : The Centre has asked the State Governments to work on state specific action-oriented interventions to provide safe drinking water to all affected habitations in the country.

The central government would provide Rs 2500 per kit to acquire equipments for testing the quality of water available in the affected areas. In order to tackle the problem of water contamination in 195000 affected habitations, Rs 1040 crore has been provided during the year 2006-07, said Dr Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Minister for Rural Development.

He said this while informing about the outcome of a two-day Workshop on Technologies for drinking Water Quality, organized by the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission of Ministry of Rural Development in collaboration with UNICEF Country Office yesterday.

States should adopt an integrated approach to tackle water quality problems by judiciously using alternate safe drinking water supply, technological option at domestic and community level like rain water harvesting etc. Emphasis is also being given for constructing rainwater harvesting structures and reviving traditional drinking water sources, the Minister added.

The main objective of the Workshop was to disseminate information about technologies, available in the market for solving water quality problems, to focus on low cost technologies for removal of excess arsenic, fluoride, salinity and other contaminants and to reduce the cost of Comprehensive Piped Water Schemes.

It also provided avenue for the exhibition of water purification technology and equipment where about 30 organisations from CSIR, State Governments and private manufacturers/sellers participated.

Dr Raghuvansh Prasad also reiterated Government's goal, that under Bharat Nirman Programmes habitations which are not covered/partially covered need to be covered with safe drinking water by 2008-09. The center will give assistance for setting up 569 laboratories for water-testing, he added.

UNIStates should adopt an integrated approach to tackle water quality problems by judiciously using alternate safe drinking water supply, technological option at domestic and community level like rain water harvesting etc. Emphasis is also being given for constructing rainwater harvesting structures and reviving traditional drinking water sources, the Minister added.

The main objective of the Workshop was to disseminate information about technologies, available in the market for solving water quality problems, to focus on low cost technologies for removal of excess arsenic, fluoride, salinity and other contaminants and to reduce the cost of Comprehensive Piped Water Schemes.

It also provided avenue for the exhibition of water purification technology and equipment where about 30 organisations from CSIR, State Governments and private manufacturers/sellers participated.

Dr Raghuvansh Prasad also reiterated Government's goal, that under Bharat Nirman Programmes habitations which are not covered/partially covered need to be covered with safe drinking water by 2008-09. The center will give assistance for setting up 569 laboratories for water-testing, he added.

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