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Safe water: Govt draws flak for misuse of fund

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has slammed the Haryana public health engineering (PHE) department for incurring R4.21 crore on installation of water purification plants in the villages which already had facilities to get safe drinking water.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2012 01:56 IST
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The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has slammed the Haryana public health engineering (PHE) department for incurring R4.21 crore on installation of water purification plants in the villages which already had facilities to get safe drinking water.

The CAG report, which was tabled in Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday, pointed out that the PHE department had selected 34 villages, which were being supplied potable water, for the installation of water purification plants but lack of proper response from the villagers in availing of the facility of purified water rendered the expenditure of R4.21 crore incurred on these plants unfruitful.

Stating that though the state government had sanctioned in July 2008 a project based on reverse osmosis and related technology for 100 villages at a cost of R11.25 crore, it was learnt during audit from September 2010 and January 2011 that in 13 villages in Kaithal, four in Jhajjar and 17 in Bahadurgarh, the water purification plants were installed where tubewell based water supply had already been replaced with canal-based water supply.

While sufficient quantity of safe drinking water ranging from 40 to 70 litres per capita per day was being supplied to these, even after the installation of the purification plants, very few of these villages were utilizing the water from these plants, the CAG report held.