Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Monday, visited Mann village in Muktsar district, which has been adopted by Union minister and his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), to oversee the development works in the village.
He said that the government was committed to spending Rs 2,200 crore on the 'Punjab Rural Water and Sanitation Sector Improvement Project' to improve water and sanitation services and create an open defecation-free environment in all villages across the state.
Badal said the focus of the new project was to provide a toilet and water connection in all the households within the next three years (2015-2018).
"All the existing rural water supply schemes would be augmented to provide 70 litres per capita per day (lpcd) against the current supply of 40 lpcd," he said.
He pointed out that the enhancement of water supply scheme to 70 lpcd would make it technically feasible to release water connections to all households as per demand, besides leading to financial sustainability of Rural Water Supply (RWS) schemes and the villagers would have access to minimum 10-hour water supply.
The chief minister reviewed the ongoing development works in the village and interacted with the villagers and panchayat members about their progress.
He specially monitored the ongoing work of the construction of toilets in the village and, accepting the demand of the villagers, asked the department to enhance the size of the toilet block.
Badal also directed the officers to ensure water supply in every household and issue a certificate for it. He also asked the officers to construct streets in the village only after the completion of the water supply scheme. Badal said that the sole aim of the state government was to ensure overall development of the state and prosperity of its people.