HP to construct 8 new mega water supply schemes

Stokes urged the Central government to provide funds under NRDWP on 90:10 ratio

Shimla/February 19
Himachal government will construct 8 new mega water supply schemes covering cluster of existing schemes based on large perennial sources.
Speaking on the occasion of National consultation with States on the Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Sector in New Delhi, Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes said that the state government has formulated a plan to construct eight mega water supply schemes having total cost of Rs 165 crore. “These schemes will benefit 1.50 lakh population spread over 1105 habitations and these schemes will be based on the concept of village water security and requested the central government to provide additional funds to the tune of Rs 165 crore for the execution of these schemes during next three years,” said Stokes.
Stokes urged the Central government to provide funds to state under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) on the ratio of 90:10 as per the government policy. Although Himachal Pradesh has been accorded special category status, yet funds under NRDWP are being allocated on 50:50 basis.
Stokes further stated that at present 8411 water supply schemes are providing potable water to a population over 6o lakhs. Most of these schemes are based on local resources that are more prone to the adverse effects of climate change thereby resulting in slippage of habitations and thus necessitating source level augmentation. At present three such schemes are being executed under a Rs 150 crore grant under the 13th Finance Commission.
“Two schemes in district Kangra have been commissioned while the third one based on Kol dam in district Bilaspur will be completed during 2013-14,” Stokes added.
The minister that all 15374 government schools will be provided safe drinking water during this year and added that only 211 government schools remained to be provided safe drinking water as on April 2012 out of which 120 schools have been provided with drinking water facility. The remaining 91 schools will be provided safe drinking water during the year 2013. While under Jalmani Programme 5522 units have been installed till date out of which 1776 have been installed during current financial year against the target of 2000 Units.
She said that the state government was giving high importance to water quality monitoring. “89.5% families are using tap water in the state as per 2011 census as compared to 84.1% families in 2001. All the habitations will be provided safe drinking water during the 12th Five Year Plan and the state has total 53201 habitations out of which 42476 have been provided with safe drinking water facility up to March 2012. Meanwhile, the remaining 2530 habitations will be covered during current financial year 2012-13,” she added.