Patna | Bihar’s Ministry of Urban and Housing Development has claimed that it will provide tap water to every household in 30 cities in the next three months. Providing tap water to every household is an ambitious project of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. A senior ministry official told IANS on the condition of anonymity that during the previous tenure of the Nitish Kumar government, connecting the pipeline to every house was one of the major schemes.
He said, “The project deadline was December 2020, however, the installation of pipelines is still ongoing in some cities. It is expected that the work will be completed by March 2021”. The official said there was a delay in connecting the pipelines because in some cities like Patna, Muzaffarpur, Gaya it was very difficult to replace the old pipelines with the new ones as they are old and developed in an unplanned manner.
Citing the problem in Muzaffarpur, the official said that earlier the target was to complete the proposal for Rs 98 crore, but this amount was not enough, so the authority has now released more funds. “The proposal is to complete 18 overhead water tanks and 95 pump houses and the company has been asked to complete the project in the given time frame,” he said.
According to the data, pipelines have been set up in 10,021 houses in Ara, 21,524 in Bagaha, 24,000 in Biharsharif, 14,135 in Hajipur, 4,900 in Jehanabad, 6,320 in Kishanganj, 15,751 in Motihari and 6,722 in Sasaram. Or the work is completed or underway. The official said that Rs 37.17 crore has been sanctioned for Siwan, Rs 56.25 crore for Chhapra and Rs 59.30 crore for Jamalpur city and for the construction of overhead water tanks as well as booster stations.
The total cost of the project is Rs 2,184 crore. In addition, a storm drainage program at a cost of Rs 182.34 crore is going on simultaneously in these cities. The official said that a proposal of the state’s Urban and Housing Development Ministry was sent to the Chief Minister’s Office on Monday seeking approval to develop 70 Nagar Panchayats to address problems like roads, water supply, power supply, street lights. To be corrected. The Bihar Urban and Housing Development Ministry bears only 11 percent of the total cost, while the Center is contributing the remaining amount.
Purpose of water life mission
The main objective of this scheme of the government is to deliver water through pipes to all households by 2024. It is expected to invest in a big way in the field of water and sanitation. It also aims to create local infrastructure for rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge and domestic wastewater management for agricultural use.