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WB gives nod to new programmes in Punjab

Written by: Staff
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Chandigarh, Aug 24 (UNI) The World Bank has approved the setting up of State Water and Sanitation Mission (SWSM) in Punjab and District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC) in line with the concept of 'Swajaldhara' Programme of the Union government.

The Mission would implement the World Bank aided Water Supply and Sanitation Project of Rs 1819 crore, a spokesman for the Punjab government here today said.

This was decided in a meeting of the World Bank Mission team led by G V Abhyankar with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh here late last evening. The team also gave approval for the setting up of State Programme Managements Cells (SPMC) to facilitate the fulfilment of the SWSM.

The spokesman further informed that 19 District Programme Management Cells (DPMCs) one for each District would also be set up under the SWSM. The negotiations are likely to be held in last week September 2006 with World Bank Board, thereafter signing an agreement with WB Board in October 2006.

Meanwhile, retroactive funding for the 95 pilot villages would be done by the state government. The spokesman said that World Bank had agreed in principle to implement water supply and environmental sanitation project in 3000 villages of Punjab.

Prominent among others who were present in the meeting included Public Health minister Harnam Das Johar Finance and Health minister Surinder Singla and senior officials of the departments concerned.

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