Punjab to seek Rs 762 crore from Indian govt for remodeling of village ponds

Chandigarh/May 30
Punjab government on Thursday approved the proposal to seek Rs 762 crore from Indian Drinking Water and Sanitation ministry to remodel 17255 village water ponds across the state.
Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today gave nod for posing a comprehensive proposal to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation for seeking funds to the tune of Rs.762 crore from Centre’s flexi funds of Rs 9000 crore under 12th five year plan.
“Indian government under the guidelines of this flexi fund, has sought proposals from different states for the implementation of solid and liquid based management in villages, under which 70 percent of the entire project cost will be borne by the Centre and the balance 30 percent to be shared by the state,” said Punjab government spokesperson, adding that the Centre was likely to sanction Rs 533 crore as its 70 percent share of the total project cost amounting to Rs 762 crore and the remaining Rs 129 crore will be spent by Punjab government.
“The scheme was aimed to tackle the menace of these rural water ponds effectively through the liquid based management and the problem of rural water ponds has become a major health hazard thereby impacting the health of the rural inhabitants,” added the spokesperson.