The drinking water problem is all set to end in Alwar district as the state government is likely to set up 36 reverse osmosis (RO) plants this year.
The state government’s budget contains a list of proposals for setting up 20 plants while the remaining projects are pending from last year.
According to official sources, the public health and engineering department (PHED) unit has sent the proposal to its Jaipur headquarters.
Several water bodies in Alwar district contain excess salt, fluorides and nitrates and thereby making it unfit for consumption.
Water is considered potable when the level of dissolved solids (TDS) is below 500 mg/L. The limit is 2,000 mg/L with relaxed norms.
However, in Alwar, the TDS levels are higher than 2,000 mg/L and flouride levels exceed 1.5 ppm (parts per million).
Alwar PHED sources said a proposal for installing 20 RO plants in 14 blocks of the district had been sent to the chief engineer (rural), Jaipur.
The sanctioned documents of 16 RO plants approved in 2014-15 had also been submitted, they said.
Sources said a total of 36 RO plants will be installed in Kathumar, Ramgarh, Kishangarh Bas and Kotkasim blocks. The total cost of these 20 plants will be around `633.66 lakh and that of the remaining 16 will be around `33 lakh per plant.
Later, the proposal will be submitted to the state-level scheme sanction committee.
Alwar district is one of the most populous districts of the state and consists of 14 blocks, 6,576 villages and other habitations. Out of 6,576 villages, only 5,035 have proper water supply facilities.
Sources said 869 villages were partially covered under the water supply facilities while 672 remain uncovered.
The RO plants were expected to resolve this problem and benefit more than 35,000 residents, source said.
Sources further said apart from being power-efficient, the plants would not produce or use any harmful chemicals and would be environment friendly.