The Punjab government is all set to launch the Rs 2,200 crore sanitation programme - the biggest ever in the state -- to ensure toilets in each village and to rejuvenate water supply and sewerage network there.
Minister for water supply and sanitation Surjit Singh Rakhra, who has given final touches to the programme, said he had set aside Rs 1,000 crore for construction of toilets and Rs 1,200 crore for rejuvenating water supply and sewerage network in 13,000 villages of the state.
Elaborating the vision of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Rakhra said it was his idea to take up sanitation programme of all villages in one go and the rural development and water supply and sewerage departments were working in tandem to ensure completion of this ambitious programme by December 2016.
Reiterating the commitment of the state government in ensuring total quality control in execution of this project, Rakhra said it is for the first time that total technical staff of both departments, including SDOs and JEs, had been called at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, for five-day intensive training. He said the training would ensure universalisation of quality standards across all villages and the success of the project with a missionary zeal.