In an effort to ensure supply of potable water and total sanitation in villages across the state, the Punjab government would soon pose a comprehensive second World Bank-aided project worth Rs. 2,000 crore to the union ministry of finance for laying sewerage system in 1,000 villages, besides augmentation of drinking water supply in 800 villages to 70 litre per captia per day (lpcd).
A decision to this effect was taken by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during a high-level wrap up meeting with the six-member World Bank delegation led by senior water & sanitation specialist and task team leader Srinivasa Rao Podi Pi Reddy this afternoon .
Participating in the deliberations, principal secretary, water supply and sanitation, Suresh Kumar informed the chief minister that under the second WB project on water supply and sanitation, alternate water supply arrangements for 250 quality affected villages would be made with installation of reverse osmosis (RO) plants or latest intervention, besides performance and service improvement would also be made in 1,000 villages with addition/replacement of certain components of water supply schemes and re-modelling and cleaning of all village ponds.
The chief minister also sought funds from the WB delegation for the up-gradation of damaged water supply schemes in water-logged areas of the state, to which the WB mission responded in positive for looking into their additional demand of finances in this regard.
Earlier, the WB delegation was on 10-day visit to Punjab to review the progress of Rs. 1280 crore World Bank-aided Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Project. The mission visited 116 villages covering 22 districts under the WB's Water Supply and Sanitation Project
Team task leader Srinivasa said Punjab proved to be a role model for other states, as it was far ahead of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh, where this project was also being implemented progressively.
Meanwhile, the chief minister sought technical help from the WB team to explore ways and means to provide safe drinking water in Ludhiana and Amritsar on the basis of their expertise and vast experience.