Punjab invests 540 crore on drinking water projects

11 June 2018

The water supply and sanitation department has been successful in getting approval for 5 prestigious projects worth Rs. 540 crore from the National Sub Mission on Water Quality of GoI and World Bank for the supply of safe drinking water to the villages affected by arsenic, iron and fluoride. The Punjab Government is all set to establish treatment plants and water testing laboratories in affected districts to remove toxic material from the surface and ground water sources.

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Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation Mrs. Razia Sultana said that work on these 5 projects which have been approved by National Sub Mission on Water Quality of GoI and World Bank and would be awarded by November 2018. She said that once completed these projects would provide safe drinking water to 563 villages of Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts affected from Arsenic and Fluoride.

Mrs. Sultana said that two ‘Water Testing Laboratories’ at SAS Nagar and Patiala have also been accredited by National Board of Accreditation of Labs (NABL) and soon one more advanced laboratory equipped with facilities for analyzing heavy metals & other containments will be established at Amritsar.

She said that about 2364 RO plants have already been installed in various quality affected villages of Punjab including Malwa belt whereas another 74 plants are under progress and 153 more RO plants will be installed in fiscal year 2018-19.

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