CHANDIGARH, APRIL 26
The Haryana Water Supply and Sewerage Board, which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today approved over Rs 1650 crore for improvement of drinking water supply facilities, sewerage system in rural and urban areas and storm water drainage facilities in the urban areas of the State
Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs Kavita Jain and Minister of State for Public Health Engineering, Dr Banwari Lal were also present in the meeting.
Funds have also been approved in the meeting for the 2444 ongoing schemes and 1359 new schemes. The meeting was informed that a target has been for the improvement of drinking water supply facilities in 272 habitations or rural areas and in the urban areas, construction and commissioning of 15 sewage treatment plants and improvement of water supply, sewerage and storm water drainage system in various towns of the State during the year 2018-19.
The Chief Minister directed the Public Health Engineering Department to start a pilot project in Panipat for the treatment of contaminated water. Once successful, the model would be replicated in other parts of the State he said adding that efforts should be made to ensure that not even a single drop of contaminated water fall into river Yamuna. He asked the department to implement a technology through which water could be utilized at the same place where it would be treated and first priority should be given to irrigation.
While reviewing the Maha Gram Yojana, the Chief Minister directed the public health engineering department to expedite the process of making available water for drinking as well as irrigation purposed in the 20 villages taken over by the Department in the first phase. Solar and micro irrigation projects are also to be implemented in these villages. He directed the senior officers of the department to personally visit these villages and fixed a timeline for the completion of work so that the target to cover 116 villages under the scheme this year could be achieved. It was informed in the meeting that out of 20 villages, work in six villages have already been allotted and started whereas estimates are being prepared for the remaining 11 villages.
It was informed in the meeting that for 21 towns located alongwith the catchment area of river Ghaggar in Haryana, 19 STPs have already been set up whereas the process is underway for the setting up of two STPs in Ambala Sadar and Thanesar towns. Apart from this, three projects have been prepared with the assistance of Command Area Development Authority (CADA), Haryana for the utilization of waste water for irrigation. Initially the project has been implemented in three towns namely Shahbad, Ladwa and Pehowa. On the success of this projects, the same would be replicated in other towns also.
It was also informed that the Public Health Engineering Department on its own has started the Geo Mapping of its assets, habitations and sewerage network. By the end of this year, the entire Geo Mapping would be completed and thereafter all the estimates of projects would be submitted alongwith the Geo Mapping. It was informed that the Department has started five training programmes for sever men in the State. Under this programme, the sewer men are provided one day training to sensitize them. Once the training is completed, Haryana would be the first State to have conducted this type of training.
Earlier, various projets were approved in the meeting. These included 475 new tube wells, 22 independent canal based water works namely Khanpur, Madha and Petwar in Hansi, Roopgarh in Jind, Behbalpur, Majra, Sirdhan, Noorkiahli and Aherwan in Fatehabad, Sidhani in Tohana, Dhulkot and Bithan in Loharu, Kirara in Uklana, Frain Khurda and Kolda Khurd in Narwana, Tappi in Dabwali, Sisai in Narnaund, Jalopur in Raita, Badalgadh in Ratia, Bithla in Jhajjar and Niyat in Gohana. Apart from this, 45 boosting stations in rural areas and 126 renovation, repair of existing water works in rural areas, 546 pipelines works in rural areas and 50 others including augmentation of existing water works, independent feeders, sustainability and raw water arrangement in rural areas were also approved in the meeting.
Among those present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Principal Secretary Dr Rakesh Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfate Department Mr R.R Jowel, Additional Chief Secretary Public Health and Engineering Department Mr Rajiv Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Power Mr P.K Das, Principal Secretary Finance Mr T.V.S.N Prasad, Principal Secretary Development and Panchayats Department Mr Sudhir Rajpal, Principal Secretary Urban Local Bodies Mr Anand Mohan Sharan and other senior officers of the State Government.