Punjab government on Thursday decided to setup water testing regulatory authority to provide safe drinking water in rural areas of the state.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today decided to set up a Drinking Water Quality Testing Regulatory Authority after a review meeting of various rural water supply schemes under the prestigious World Bank Project Stage-I with the Seven-member World Bank team led by its senior Water and Sanitation Specialist and Task Team leader Srinivasa Rao Podi Pi Reddy.
“The regulatory authority will be mandated to ensure hygienically tested quality drinking water to the people residing in villages across the state to save them from falling prey to the water borne diseases especially the deadly menace of cancer especially in the Malwa belt due to excessive use of pesticides, insecticides besides the presence of heavy metals like nickel, chromium and uranium etc. in the ground water. The regulatory authority will also focus to maintaining the database of quality water and documentation of good practices involved in the supply of high quality drinking water aimed at ensuring zero tolerance towards the water borne diseases to achieve the ultimate goal of healthy living,” said Badal.
Meanwhile, Reddy expressed satisfaction over establishment of regulatory authority and said that he was fully satisfied with the pace of development for providing potable drinking water to the rural masses who were now taking keen interest in the rural water supply schemes being health conscious especially in southern districts of the state.
Reddy also promised to install free water connections along with meters to all the domestic consumers in the villages under the ongoing WB aided rural water supply project. He also apprised the Chief Minister about a unique scheme of WB to cover 100 villages to provide the facility of sewerage as a pilot project, where the work had already been commissioned in 19 villages and balance villages would also be covered in due course of time.