Punjab gets additional central funds for drinking water

The Centre has decided to release Rs 46.82 crore to Punjab for the current financial year which ends today to meet its drinking water needs in rural areas.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 31, 2012 14:23 IST
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The Centre has decided to release Rs 46.82 crore to Punjab for the current financial year which ends on March 31 to meet its drinking water needs in rural areas.

The Rural Development ministry said in view of utilisation of over 60 per cent of Rs 85.35 crore allocated to the state in 2011-12 under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme, it has decided to make additional allocations and release Rs 46.82 crore this year.

In his letter to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, rural development minister Jairam Ramesh expressed the hope that the state government would be able to utilise additional funds to provide drinking water to areas facing shortage or where quality of water was poor.

First Published: Mar 31, 2012 14:21 IST