SRINAGAR: Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary Thursday said that Govern¬ment envisages minimizing water supply gaps existing at the moment by tapping more sources of water and conserv¬ing the existing available re¬sources. He said to provide potable water to a population of over 1.25 crore remains a challenge for the department.
Winding up the discussion on demand of grants for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Departments in the House, the Minister said that the twin cit¬ies of Srinagar and Jammu hav¬ing combined population of over 26 lacs requires 135.13 MGD of drinking water, while as the De¬partment is only able to supply only 114.86 MG on daily basis.
The Minister said that in order to further augment the drink¬ing water facility in Srinagar city two water supply schemes costing Rs 269. 37 crore are apace under JNNURM. He said Rs 224.83 crore have been utilised on the construction of these WSS upto last financial year. He said construction of WSS Sukhnag and Tangnar are being completed during current financial year.
New treatment Plants at Har¬wan, Rangil and a 800 meter Branch Tunnel will be con¬structed to cater to the growing demand of drinking water in Srinagar city upto 2030, he said.
While referring to Jammu City, the Minister said that to meet the future water demand of Jammu city, a detailed project report of Rs 886 crore has been formulated and submitted to Union Ministry of Urban Devel¬opment for sanction of funds.
The Minister said that under Town scheme, 70 WSS, includ¬ing 44 in Jammu with an esti¬mated cost of Rs 277.44 crore are under execution in different towns of the State.
Under Rural Water Supply Schemes, the Minister said that the State has a rural population of 91.08 lacs which is spread over 15798 habitations. He said under NRDWP 1461 Water Sup¬ply Schemes are coming up with an estimated cost of Rs 2625.18 crore and against which expen¬diture of Rs 1127.91 crore has been booked up to last financial year. He further said construc¬tion work of 182 water supply schemes is expected to be com¬pleted during current finan¬cial year which would provide drinking water facility to 317 more habitations of the state.
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