JAMMU, June 11: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla today said that the Government has formulated comprehensive projects to meet the requirement of drinking water facilities in water deficit areas of the State, adding that for this purpose liberal funding has been earmarked under PHE and ERA for digging deep drill tube wells and hand pumps.
The Minister was addressing a gathering after laying foundation of 90594 gallon per day discharge capacity deep drill tube well at Apna Vihar Extension, here today.
Mr. Bhalla said that the deep drill tube well would be completed in a time bound manner and benefit over 7190 souls of the Apna Vihar, Kalu Chak, Santokh Vihar and Langer village. He said the scheme, taken up under NRWDP Water Supply Scheme (WSS) of SC and ST basties of Balol nallah and Mansorover, was likely to be completed by September this year.. He said the project, which includes construction of deep drill tube well and laying of water supply pipes would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crore.
The Minister said after commissioning of tube well no house, even at the tail end of the areas would remain without adequate drinking water facilities.
For improving the power infrastructure in the Langer village, the Minister announced Rs. 6 lakh out of his CDF for installation of 250 KVA transformer and replacement of worn out wires. He called upon the people in general to use the power judiciously, avoid illegal hooking, pay power bills in time and regularize the load as per their consumption. He asked the people to come forward in identifying the violators thereby helping the PDD in eradicating the menace of power theft.
Regarding construction of cremation ground on the identified land at Langer village, the Minister said the Government has earmarked Rs. 35 lakh for this purpose, adding that construction work on the project is under progress and would be completed within stipulated time frame with the facilities of waiting shed, cremation shed, drinking water reservoir besides bathing ghat for ladies and gents.
Mr. Bhalla assured the inhabitants of Langer, Apna Vihar and Ambika Colony that their development related issues would be redressed in a phased manner, adding that focus of the Government was to develop all the poor basties on modern lines by providing all basic amenities like safe drinking water, power, better roads, bye-lanes, drains, besides educational and healthcare infrastructure.