Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Himachal to construct mega water supply schemes

Water World via India Blooms News Service: Himachal Pradesh Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes on Tuesday said the state government will construct mega water supply schemes covering cluster of existing schemes based on large perennial sources . She made the comments while speaking at the National consultation with States on the Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Sector in New Delhis Vigyan Bhawan.

She said that at present 8411 water supply schemes are providing potable water to a population of over 6 million and 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.

She said the state government has formulated eight mega water supply schemes having total cost of Rs. 165 crore benefiting 1.50 lakh population spread over 1105 habitations on the concept of village water security and requested the central government to provide additional funds to the tune of Rs. 165 crore to take up execution of these schemes in the next three years.

Stokes said that at present three such schemes are being executed under Rs. 150 crore grant under the 13th Finance Commission award. Two schemes in Kangra district have been commissioned while the third one based on Kol dam in Bilaspur district will be completed during 2013-14....

A stream in Manali, in Himachal Pradesh, shot by Shahnoor Habib Munmun, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

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