Surjit Singh Rakhra, Punjab minister of water supply and sanitation and higher education and languages, and Punjab agriculture minister Tota Singh jointly inaugurated a sewerage scheme in Chotian Khurd village, 12 km from here on Saturday. As per information, the total cost of this project is Rs 1.18 crore.
He said that the scheme will be run by the panchayat of Chotian Khurd and the Water Supply and Sanitation Committee (GPWSC). "The operation and maintenance of the scheme will be taken care of by the panchayat, GPWSC and the executing agency for five years.
The infrastructure of this project has been made in a way that the treated water from maturation pond can be used for the irrigation of the field," said Rakhra.
Rakhra said that pajse 2 of the World Bank Project worth Rs 2,200 Crore is also coming soon. "This project will provide 800 sewerage schemes, 800 water supply schemes and 1,000 performance improvement schemes in rural areas," he said.
Tota Singh said that intercepting tanks will be set up under the scheme. "The Punjab government has provided funds to construct the intercepting tanks to some categories such as small and marginal farmers, women-headed families, SC families, physically handicapped-headed families, BPL families and landless labour headed families, which have no intercepting tanks," he added.
Punjab Mandi Board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, local MLA Joginder Pal Jain, SAD district president Teerath Singh Mahla, chief engineer, water supply and sanitation, Punjab, RL Kauldhar, executive engineer Balbir Singh and other officials of the department were also present on the occasion.