DHEMAJI, Sept 17 - The Dhemaji and Ghilamara Division of Pubic Health Engineering & Water Supply (PHE &WS) Department launched eight piped water supply schemes in Dhemaji district, including three schemes in Jonai sub-division on Saturday.
Officials informed that the schemes were funded under the National Drinking Water Supply Programme to provide safe drinking water to the rural people. The department has spent around Rs 9.5 crore in the district against construction of eight schemes, thereby setting a target to cover a population of 8,600 ruralites.
The department has completed construction of water supply schemes at Lakhinepali, Kamalpur and Hiloipara under Jonai sub-division, while the rest were constructed at Gobindapur-Miri, Lotak, Nagaon, Sonapur-Maji and Morolchuk under Dhemaji sub-division.
Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah accompanied by Jonai MLA Bhuban Pegu and other leaders inaugurated the schemes in Jonai sub-division on Saturday.
Baruah, who addressed the local villagers on the occasion, said the Central Government has taken steps to provide safe drinking water to ensure community health of the country men and put priority on hygienic practices through Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). He urged the User Committee members to properly maintain the project and ensure uninterrupted drinking water supply.
Addressing the occasion, MLA Bhuban Pegu requested the local villagers to consider the water supply machines as their own property and help and User Committee members for its due maintenance. He opined that the Narendra Modi-led Central Government has changed the mindset of the common people by implementing SBM schemes, which he termed as the �biggest achievement� of the Government.
Pegu appealed to the people to take personal care of the public properties in their collective interest. He also urged them to use safe and clean water and avoid open defecation to avoid communicable diseases.
Jonai SDO (C) Nisarge Hivare and PHE &WS Assistant Engineer (AE) AC Roy also spoke on the occasion and urged the people to report about any problem in the water supply system.
The AE also informed that PHE & WS Department has chalked out a fortnight long action plan to conduct �Swachhta Hi Sewa� for creating awareness on hygienic practices among the common people.
The special campaign which was launched today will cover different parts of the district at sub-division, Block, Panchayat and village levels and will conclude on October 2.
Additionally, Dhemaji MLA Dr Ronuj Pegu along with the concerned officers inaugurated five piped water supply projects in different parts of Dhemaji sub-division.