The state minister for Public Health Engineering and Panchayat and Rural Development department, Subrata Mukherjee on Saturday inaugurated water supply scheme at Canning II Block in South 24 Parganas.
The estimated cost of the project is nearly Rs 25 crore and over 65,000 rural people will be benefitted. The scheme will resolve the acute drinking water crisis in the area. It may be recalled that the PHE department has chalked out schemes worth Rs 8,000 crore to supply potable drinking water to the villages by 2018. It is also preparing projects to supply piped drinking water in Nandigram. The people of the drought prone areas of Purulia and Bankura are getting drinking water and in near future more people would be brought under the scheme.
In Purulia, a project worth over Rs 1000 crore have been taken to supply drinking water. It may be mentioned that after coming to power in 2011, Mamata Banerjee had insisted that projects should be taken to construct roads, supply drinking water and power to the rural populace.
In the past five years the Panchayat and Rural development department has constructed roads covering 10,678 km in rural Bengal. In Canning block II, people residing in 29 blocks would get drinking water. Water will be lifted from underground source and then purified. Potable piped supply project for Deuli and adjacent mouajs, the people will get 8 hour water supply and per capita water supply will be 61LD. Engineers of PHE said the water that would be lifted by deep tubewells from underground would be replenished and the water level would not go down.
PHE is either lifting raw water from river and water-bodies or from underground water sources. For New Town, unfiltered water is lifted from Devendrabala ghat in North Kolkata and the water is taken to New Town via underground pipeline where it is purified and piped water is supplied to every household.