To provide potable water facility to residents of Kullu district, this year irrigation and public health (IPH) department Kullu has set a target to cover around 138 villages, while 550 villages in the district still face acute potable water scarcity.
Data shows that the IPH department has provided potable water facility to around 3,300 villages in the district, while this year it has set a target to provide potable water to 138 villages in Kullu, Anni, Banjar, Manali and Nagar blocks.
Superintendent of engineer IPH department Kullu Priyevrat Vaidh told HT that in around 550 villages still faced potable water shortage for which the IPH department was making all efforts to change.
This year around 26 villages were equipped with potable water facility for the cost of Rs 14 lakh, while the work is still in progress in other villages of the district.
According to Vaidh, in the previous fiscal, the department had set up 95 handpumps in the district, while this year only 100 handpumps would be installed in the district.
In the year 2013-14, the IPH department had covered 95 hectares of agricultural land under the irrigation scheme, while this year it would cover around 127 hectares of agricultural land, which would benefit farmers.
The people from remote villages of Anni block complained to the district administration about the lack of potable water facilities and urged the administration to look into the matter.
“The department has set up a target to provide the facility in a systematic way to each village, where it will search for new water resources for irrigation purposes to benefit farmers of the district,” said Vaidh.