'Govt committed to provide potable drinking water to everyone'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2014 22:36 IST

The Punjab government is committed to providing potable drinking water to 100% population in the state, chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and Sri Hargobindpur MLA Desraj Dhugga said here on Sunday.

At present, 98% of rural population has been covered under this facility.

Dhugga said that for the purpose of providing potable drinking water facility to 100% population, the state government had notified Punjab State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Policy - 2014.
He said that the main aim of the new policy was to provide portable drinking water to all the households in rural areas of Punjab with at least 70 lpcd (litres per capita per day) of portable water for each house.

"The scheme will also ensure that 100% rural households have access to and use safe sanitation facilities that do not contaminate particularly the ground water," he added.

In the annual plan, the CPS said, the state government has allocated rs200 crore for the Punjab Rural Water Supply and Sanitation project with the assistance of the World Bank and rs100 crore for the National Rural Drinking Water Supply Programme (NRDWP).

He said that the state government has also earmarked rs27 crore for Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) and `14 crore for installation of 561 Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems to provide drinking water in various districts of Punjab.

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