Chief Minister holds teleconference with Minister P.
Viswarup and Rural Water Supply officials
‘Not a single village will be allowed to suffer for
want of drinking water'
Adequate funds are kept at the disposal of Collectors,
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on Sunday asked Rural
Water Supply Minister P. Viswarup to prepare an action plan for providing safe
drinking water in all the fluoride-hit areas by end of 2011.
During a teleconference with the Minister and RWS
officials, he said: Sustained efforts are being made to supply drinking water to
all villages and habitations during summer. Not a single village will be allowed
to suffer for want of drinking water. All arrangements have been made and there
is no shortage of funds. Adequate funds are kept at the disposal of the
Collectors. The Chief Minister noted that during the current year, 13,375 works
costing over Rs. 2,974 crore are in progress covering 9,513 habitations. Of this
5,500 habitations will be covered this summer. Special projects, such as J.C.
Nagireddy and Neelakanthapuram Sriramulu project, costing about Rs. 865 crore,
were taken up in Anantapur district to cover 831 habitations. Similarly, the
Devadula project was taken up in Warangal district to provide potable drinking
water to 330 habitations.
He said the government was successful in getting the World
Bank assistance of Rs. 864 crore spread over five years covering the
infrastructure development, sector development and capacity-building.
The aid programme intends to cover 2,635 habitations,
including 400 tribal hamlets in Visakhapatnam, Prakasam, Kadapa, Mahabubnagar,
Karimnagar and Adilabad districts. Principal Secretary (RWS) Chitra Ramachandran
said at a recent meeting with the Planning Commission that the government's
effort in tackling drinking water problem and implementation of various schemes
were elaborated. Care was taken to address the drinking water problem in 1,811
SC colonies and 500 ST habitations under a special project.