JAMMU, July 5: Commissioner Secretary, PHE, I&FC Department Ajit Kumar Sahu took a review meeting on drinking water supply status and various State and Centrally sponsored schemes like Languishing Projects, NRDWP, proposed 100 per cent water supply to all the house holds of district Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Reasi and Udhampur here.
Amongst other things, the overall water scenario was discussed threadbare in respect of each district.
Chief Engineer PHE Department Jammu Dr Sanjeev Kumar Chandha, the Superintending Engineer Hydraulic Circle Doda, Superintending Engineer Hydraulic Circle Udhampur, KK Badyal and all the Executive Engineers were present in the meeting.
The district profiles were reviewed in respect of water availability, the number of schemes currently under execution in various flagship programmes of the Government of India and the State Government such as NRDWP, NABARD and Languishing Projects.
Under Languishing Projects in Udhampur district, 34 projects are taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 76.65 crore, which will benefit a population of 112035, in Ramban 39 projects are taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 94.63 crore which will benefit a population of 58188, in Kishtwar 22 projects are taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 40.86 crore which will benefit a population of 39354, in Doda 32 projects are taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 71.64 crore which will benefit a population of 93725 and in Reasi 37 projects are taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 74.07 crore which will benefit a population of 110966. Similarly under NRDWP, 171 projects stand taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 447.34 crore and another 24 projects under NABARD also stands taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 7.52 crore in these districts.
Commissioner Secretary laid emphasis on time bound completion of each and every scheme so that benefits percolate to the populace at grass root level as early as possible. He directed to map the water stressed areas and prepare a water security plan to mitigate the problems of people within stipulated timeline with the motive “Tapped water supply to every household by 2022”.
He also directed to identify uncovered or partially covered areas and formulate schemes to bring these areas under full coverage. Instructions were also issued to assess existing infrastructure and suggest ways and means to make good the missing or worn out components so that a holistic plan is formulated and all deficit areas are fully operational and the vision of the leadership is brought to logical conclusion.
The bottlenecks being faced by the executive staff were also discussed and the ways and means were explored to address the issues.
The number of schemes under each distinctive Head Division wise and district wise were individually discussed with each field functionary and issues if any raised were resolved.