Haryana CM to constitute task force to save water

Chandigarh : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today directed to constitute district level Special Task Force and launch an extensive campaign especially during the month of June and July to keep a check on the wastage of drinking water in both rural and urban areas. The Chief Minister, who was presiding over a meeting of Water Supply and Sewerage Board here today, said that Special Task Force would also have an officer from Power Department. In the meeting, the Board approved funds of Rs 811.40 crore for urban areas and Rs 503.20 crore for rural areas for various water supply and sewerage schemes for the year 2016-17. In addition, a sum of Rs 15 crore received under Mahatma Gandhi Grameen Basti Yojna (MGGBY) have been allocated to 217 ongoing schemes. It was informed in the meeting that as many as 2726 works have been taken up by the department including 2090 ongoing works, 12 revised works and 624 new works. He said that water is precious and directed to take strict against those involved in pilferage of water by using submersible water pumps in rural areas through kundi connections. He said that initially such people would be encouraged to take metered connections and in case they continue with the practice of unauthorized Kundi connections, FIR should be registered against them. While emphasizing the need to create awareness among people to save water, he directed the officers to launch a mass awareness campaign to enlighten the people to conserve water and added that students should be involved in this campaign to make it more effective. He said that apart from this, banners, posters and stickers with the message of ‘Save Water’ should be pasted on public places. The Chief Minister also took a serious note of certain complaints regarding use of sub-standard water pipelines in Jind, he directed the officers of Public Health and Engineering Department to strictly adhere to the quality norms while laying the pipelines. He also directed the department to ensure that all type of payments is made online rather than through cheques and also make the payment process time bound. While reviewing the progress of various schemes, Mr Manohar Lal directed to make optimum utilization of funds received from NABARD and National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB). It was informed in the meeting that while a sum of Rs 50 crore has been allocated under NABARD scheme for the year 2016-17, Rs 155 crore has been allocated for various water works under NCRPB. The Chief Minister also directed the Public Health Engineering department to take up the matter with the Centre for the release of Rs. 37 crore for setting up of Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) in Panipat and Sonipat. He said that he has already written a letter to Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti for the same.

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