Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged the secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, and chairman Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) R K Sinha to tie up with the state government for recommending a suitable water purification technology to improve the quality of drinking water in the state.
Taking part in the deliberations after detailed presentation on the different aspects of drinking water and other related issues, the chief minister apprised Sinha that the state government had already decided to carry out a comprehensive programme of water analysis by drawing water samples from all the villages in order to ascertain the factors responsible for contamination of drinking water from various sources.
Badal said the quality of ground water had been adversely affected due to the presence of uranium and other heavy metals especially in the districts of Muktsar, Bathinda, Moga, Ferozepur and Mansa in the Malwa belt which was needed to be addressed on priority basis.
The chief minister said water analysis laboratory was being set up at SAS Nagar under the guidance and expertise of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) at a cost of Rs 2.25 crore to test the quality of water and asked to suggest a suitable remedy for its treatment.
He asked Sinha to send a team of water experts to suggest a time tested technology for ensuring supply of safe drinking water to the entire population across the state as the state Water Supply and Sanitation department being the nodal agency has been entrusted with this onerous task.