Punjab government on Monday said that it was planning to set up RO systems in Uranium and heavy metal affected 250 villages of the state and submitted a comprehensive project worth Rs 2200 crore to World Bank for the same and rehabilitate 108 water supply schemes of water-logged areas.
Besides this, the funds would be used for improving operational performance of 1000 existing water supply schemes.
Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said that the project also envisages construction of individual household toilets and piped sewerage system in around 500 villages in addition to setting up of a Training Institute for development of the training modules/manuals and organizing training, orientation capacity building programme for departmental Engineers, District officials, Panchayat members, motivators, sector professionals, school teachers, students and executive agencies.
“The department has also been instructed to come out with the time bound program of toilets in the villages to eradicate open defecation,” Rakhra said.
He said that even after 67 years of independence, the open defecation was a curse and SAD-BJP government was committed to eradicate it.
Rakhra while appreciating the progress and activities of the department motivated the officers to work honestly with dedication for the welfare of the rural people for speedy implementation of government programs to ensure potable water supply and clean sanitation services to the rural masses.