Upgradation of infra facilities priority of Govt: Sham

Excelsior Correspondent

Minister for PHE, Sham Lal Sharma inaugurating WSS at Chowki on Thursday.
Minister for PHE, Sham Lal Sharma inaugurating WSS at Chowki on Thursday.

AKHNOOR, June 12: Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sham Lal Sharma today dedicated Rs. 2.33 crore Water Supply Scheme (WSS) Chowki to the people. The scheme has been developed under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP).
The scheme has two pumping stations viz, Kallar with discharge capacity of 2000 GPH and Turgala with discharge capacity of 2500 GPH. The scheme is aimed at to benefit over 2000 souls of four villages namely Kalar, Chowki, Turgala and Tilla of Akhnoor  tehsil.
Chief Engineer, PHE, Sushil Aima, Chief Engineer Irrigation, Irrigation & Flood Control, H.C. Jerath, Superintending Engineer, Hydraulic, Rajiv Malhotra, Executive Engineer, PHE, Akhnoor, P.P. Arora, sectoral officers of various departments, Sarpanchs, Panchs and prominent personalities of the area were also present on the occasion.
Addressing largely attended public meetings at Kaller, Turgala, Chowki and Salyote, the Minister said that Government was committed to ensure better basic facilities to the people, especially in rural and far-flung areas. He said drinking water, road connectivity, education, electricity are the key areas on which the Government had given focused attention during the past over five years. He said the infrastructure in these sectors has been upgraded to overcome the difficulties of the people.
Maintaining that the UPA Government in Centre during its two consecutive tenures provided liberal funding to the State to create durable assets and accomplishing various major projects, the Minister said the people can judge the overall development scenario of the State on ground. He said the Government has launched several people friendly schemes which will benefit the people in the long run. He asked the people to come forward and avail the benefits of such schemes.
Directing the engineers to step up monitoring mechanism to ensure regular supply in all areas, the Minister said no lapse in this behalf will be tolerated. He said summer season is the challenge for the department and senior functionaries must chalk out the strategy to meet out the additional demand. He issued special instructions to the ground staff to remain vigilant against any break down of machinery due to slackness. Any such lapse will be viewed seriously, said the Minister.


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