Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes has directed her department's officials to prepare detailed project reports (DPRs) of water supply schemes in a time-bound manner.
While presiding over the meeting of the department to review targets and achievements for the financial year 2014-15 here on Thursday, she said the DPRs should be prepared in a time-bound manner so that partially covered habitations could be provided drinking water facility at the earliest.
Stokes said the state government would cover all remaining habitations with drinking water facility for which all efforts were being made.
She said the government's focus was on improving the quality of water in existing schemes. It had been decided to install water treatment units and repair of these units and filter beds in 512 water supply schemes in next three years. She added that Rs 20 crore had been allocated for this work during the current financial year.
Stokes told officials to give top priority to those schemes where more than 75 per cent of work had been completed so that people could be benefitted with drinking water facilities.
The minister said the department had exceeded its target of bringing 3,000 hectare area under minor irrigation.
The minister said the combined DPRs for water supply scheme to Shimla town from Kol Dam, rehabilitation of water supply distribution system and rejuvenation of sewerage network, including coverage of left out areas of Shimla town amounting to Rs 643.05 crore, had got an approval from the Centre.
Stokes said Rs 1,77.62 crore were spent on rural water supply and Rs 12.55 crore on urban water supply during the last financial year.