The projects will help to give tap water connections to 15 lakhs households in 5,739 villages under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).
WD News: The Rajasthan Government has given an approval of Rs 22.854 crore to implement five major surface water projects.
The approval was given at the 37th meeting of the State Level Project Sanctioning Committee (SLSSC) held under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary, Public Health Engineering and Ground Water, Subodh Agrawal.
“If we had provided ground water-based connections under the JJM, the connections would have sustained barely for five years. This is the reason why JJM connections in Rajasthan is costliest compared to any other states and time consuming,” said Dinesh Goyel, chief engineer (technical, JJM).
As per officials, it could take at least 30 to 36 months to complete all these projects. The projects include the Rs 7934 crore Sikar-Jhunjhunu project. Around 1,133 villages of these two districts will get supply from the Indira Gandhi Canal Project under this project. Then, there is the Chambal-Alwar-Bharatpur project. Under this project, 1,572 villages of Alwar and Bharatpur districts will be connected with the Chambal River – one of the major water sources of the state.
The government also sanctioned the Jakham Dam based project. Similarly, 376 villages of Dholpur district and 94 villages of Bharatpur district will get connected with the Chambal River. Lastly, the state government wants to connect 79 villages and 325 settlements of Dechu and Lohawat blocks of Jodhpur district with the Indira Gandhi Canal.
“In addition, the government has given approval for preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPR)s for 59 new small drinking water projects (OTMP) in 33 villages. In all, these 39 projects will cost Rs 130.38 crore and will provide 13,132 water connections,” said a PHED official.
Source: Times of India
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