Ranchi, Apr 12: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das Wednesday said that
providing clean drinking water to the people of the state was a
priority for the government of the state and to achieve this goal
funds would not be a constraint.
Reviewing the functioning of the Drinking Water and the Sanitation
Department here he asked the officials to ensure that water is
provided via pipeline to the rural areas keeping in mind the ever
rising summer heat. He said that clean water would not only to fight
against diseases would also help to tackle malnutrition.
The Chief Minister said that on April 20 he would be laying foundation
schemes for drinking water supply schemes for the Santhal Pargana
region and asked the officials to commence work on these projects by
He also asked to prepare project for Kolhan area under
Mukyamantri Rural Water Supply Scheme and said that simultaneous
foundation would be laid for water supply schemes worth Rs 1,000 cr.
Mr Das said that despite 70 years of Independence, people of Santhal
Pargana and Kolhan were starving for water and they should be provided
immediate clean drinking water. He asked the officials to conduct a
survey of all the blocks of the Santhal Pargana region for
establishing water supply projects and said that if needed water from
the rivers be used. Mr Das stressed on working over small drinking
water supply schemes.
The Chief Minister directed to complete the work of pipe laying in
Ranchi and Jamshedpur by December and ordered for construction of 60
major water storage tanks in Ranchi. He asked to use new technology to
lay the pipelines in Ranchi. He also asked to black list such
contractors who are negligent in their works.