11 Canal based water supply projects worth Rs.1249 Cr to ensure potable water in six states: Razia

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CFHANDIGARH: Water Quality Testing and Monitoring of ground water sources of Punjab has revealed that some areas of Malwa belt are affected with Uranium and Fluoride whereas Majha Belt has some villages affected with Arsenic. As on date, 815 habitations are affected with Arsenic, 319 habitations are affected with Fluoride and 252 habitations are affected with Uranium.

In a bid to provide potable water supply to such quality affected villages of the state, Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Department has prioritized shifting such villages from ground water supply to surface water supply by taking water from Irrigation Canals. State of Punjab has undertaken 11 canal-based water supply projects in six districts i.e. Moga, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Patiala and Fathegarh Sahib. Out of these, the project of Moga district would be commissioned this month and the remaining 9 projects will be executed by December 2022. One of the projects shall be completed by March, 2022. On completion, these projects would provide potable water supply to approx. 1200 villages in Moga, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur districts. Department is also providing alternative solutions in terms of Community Treatment Plants/R.O. Plants, to provide immediate solution.

 While giving this information Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Ms. Razia Sultana said that the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government is not leaving any stone unturned to provide potable water facility in rural areas of the state. Water Treatment Plants is being set up in those villages where water quality has been affected. The 11 canal-based water supply projects would be set up at a cost of Rs.1249 crore in Moga, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur districts. On completion, these projects would benefit over 3 (three) lakh households of 1205 villages.

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