MANGALDAI, June 25 � The Public Health Engineering Department will ensure flouride and arsenic-free drinking water by the end of 2014, for which the department has already adopted an exclusive project at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore, said Gautam Roy, Minister for Public Health Engineering Department at a public function here on June 22.
While addressing a public meeting at Saloipara village after inaugurating a Rs 49 lakh water supply scheme, Minister Roy said that the Chief Minister has given top priority to the department for which he along with its officials have been kept busy round the clock. The Minister further said that in some parts of the state specially in the Upper Assam floride and arsenic has been identified in the ground water and in those areas schemes have been undertaken to collect water from the nearby riverbed in stead of the ground water. The PHE Minister in his speech also did not ruled out identifying high arsenic in ground water of some parts under Mangaldai PHE Division.The PHE Minister Roy accompanied by Basanta Das,Minister Fishery,I&PR and Printing also inaugurated two different schemes one at Kamarpara-Konwarpara village with a cost of Rs 60 lakh and another at Bonglagarh village built at an estimated cost of Rs 54 lakh . The schemes made opened for public have a target of covering more than 5,500 local inhabitants. The Minister Roy also laid the foundation of the proposed water supply scheme in Mangaldai Civil Hospital premises to be constructed at a project cost of more than Rs 36 lakh under the interest fund of NRHM,Darrang. Meanwhile on being asked about the fate of the defunct water supply schemes under Mangaldai PHE Division, the Minister told reporters here that the matter will be soon discussed with the Chief Minister and necessary steps will be taken accordingly. Regarding the poor achievement of Total Sanitation Campaign in the division and the alleged misapproriation of fund in the name of IEC activities, the Minister did not deny the loopholes on the part of official responsibilities and assured to rectify it in days to come. It may be mentioned that according to the official source in the year 2011-12 the achievement of Individual House Hold Latrines (IHHL) for BPL was 6199 nos against the target of 32,401 while in case of APL the achievement is a meager 961 nos against the target of 20,000. On the other hand in the name of Information Education and Communication (IEC) the department spent an amount of Rs 16.60 lakh in 2010-11 and another amount of Rs 5.28 lakh in 2011-12. Significantly in the last two years Rs 8.67 lakh has reportedly been spent only in wall writings.