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PHED engineers told to tour districts

TO ENSURE availability of drinking water in every district, Chief Engineers (CEs) and Superintending Engineers (SEs) of the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) have been asked to undertake tours of all districts.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 11:08 IST

TO ENSURE availability of drinking water in every district, Chief Engineers (CEs) and Superintending Engineers (SEs) of the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) have been asked to undertake tours of all districts.

According to official information, CEs will visit two to three villages of every district in a month while the SEs will undertake monthly tours of five villages in each district. Defunct handpumps will be repaired in a short span of four days as fixed for the purpose.

To make proper arrangements for drinking water, equipment and other material necessary for repair of hand pumps, have also been stored. Works for protection and augmentation of ground water so as to make optimum use of rainwater are being executed speedily under the water conservation campaign. Efforts are also on to provide at least a single source of drinking water in the habitats affected by fluoride or saline water.

PHE Minister Rampal Singh has asked officials to get proposals of tap water or ground water augmentation schemes from all MLAs for their concerning areas so as to get them sanctioned. He has also warned officials that those who do not hold meetings with the local MPs and MLAs regularly about drinking water problem, will have to face strict disciplinary action.

The Minister said areas that received scanty rains during the last monsoon and faced water crisis were being paid special attention for supply of drinking water.

He has instructed officials to create at least a source of drinking water this year in such habitats of the districts where not a single source exists. He warned officials if a single habitat was left out, the superintending engineer and executive engineer of the area would be held responsible and disciplinary action would be initiated against them.

It may be mentioned here that the Union Government has sanctioned a total of 1,271 schemes worth Rs 29.95 crore for all districts of the State, which was four times more than that of its preceding year. The State Government is making efforts to get more such schemes sanctioned from the Union Government this year.

First Published: May 25, 2006 11:08 IST