Two multi-village piped water supply schemes in Hailakandi district were inaugurated by Public Health Engineering Minister Rihon Daimary on Tuesday.
Daimary inaugurated the Greater Sheralipur Multi-Village Piped Water Supply Scheme, 2012-13, and Kalinagar-Panchgram Multi-Village Piped Water Supply Scheme, 2013-14, in two separate programmes.
The Sheralipur scheme, built at an estimated cost of Rs 1688.95 lakh, covers 30.50 km of 18 villages under Koiya-Ramchandi and Tantoo-Dhanipur Gaon Panchayats comprising a population of 19,463 of 4,784 households.
The Kalinagar-Panchgram scheme, constructed at a cost of Rs 840.16 lakh, has a total network distribution of 18 km covering 12 villages under Panchgram and Kalinagar Gaon Panchayats with a population of 15,233 comprising 4,784 households.
Speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural programmes, Daimary said the State government has accorded top priority to providing access to safe drinking water to the people of the State and has set 2024 as the target for providing piped drinking water for all under the Jal Jeevan Mission envisioned by the Prime Minister.
Daimary also said the State has become almost free from arsenic and fluoride water with more and more people getting access to safe drinking water.
The Minister appealed to the people covered by the piped water supply schemes to contribute from their end and the panchayat representatives to get involved for their proper operation and maintenance.
“The government has built the piped water supply projects and have handed them over to the people, who now have to shoulder the overall responsibility of their operation and maintenance by contributing something from their end and to form a users’ committee for hassle-free functioning,” Daimary stated.
He said that 50 per cent funds under the 15th Finance Commission have been earmarked for piped water supply schemes in rural areas. Daimary also announced that PHED would build individual household latrines for every poor family at a cost of Rs 12,000 each.
Kripanath Mallah, MP, also gave an account of the pro-poor initiatives taken up by the State government, including piped water supply connection.
Hailakandi DC Megh Nidhi Dahal, who presided over the programmes, urged the people to actively involve themselves and look after the operation and maintenance of the water supply schemes.
Minister P Suklabaidya also spoke on the occasion. MLA of Katlicherra, Suzam Uddin Laskar, MLA of Algapur, Nizamuddin Choudhury, former minister Gautam Roy, Superintending Engineer of PHED, Nipendra Kumar Sharma and BJP district president Swapan Bhattacharjee were present on the occasion.