Ludhiana, July 4, 2015: Punjab government’s Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation and Higher Education Mr Surjit Singh Rakhra today said that the Punjab government was going to spend Rs2200 cr to clean the rural areas of state and making them Swachh. Under the project the villages would be made open defecation free, old water supply schemes will be upgraded and sewerage will be laid in the villages.
While talking to the media persons after inaugurating the five-day workshop of water supply and sanitation started at the Sukhdev Bhawan in PAU, he said that the Punjab government was committed to cleaning the villages under Swachh Bharat Mission scheme under which in next two years all the villages in state will be cleaned.
Rs 2200 cr would be spent on the project of which Rs 1000 cr would be spent on constructing toilets and remaining Rs 1200 cr would be spent on modernization of old water supply schemes that will provide clean drinking water and sewerage facility.
He said that due to the earnest efforts of the Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal coupled with the works of water supply and sanitation department, World Bank has chosen Punjab to give this fund, which will herald in revolution in the water supply and sanitation sector. He added that the state government was making efforts to get Rs 3000 cr fund from the center government to make Punjab first open defecation free state of the country and make it state with best better water supply, sanitation and sewerage facility. He reiterated that the SAD-BJP government was committed to make villages clean.
He said it was unfortunate that Punjab state’s 70 percent households in rural areas have toilets but only 40 percent of these are used. Over the next two years, 7.92 lacs toilets would be constructed in Punjab. He appealed the participants of workshop including the employees and members to go to every village and create awareness on keeping surroundings clean and use the toikers as it would greatly contribute in forming a healthy future. He also appealed people to help teh employees in this task. He also issued the Swachh Punjab logo at event.
Addressing the participants the additional chief secretary Mr Suresh Kumar gave detailed information about training capsule that would continue till July 8. During the training, the Feedback Foundation will teach participants to work in groups on the ways to create awareness in people. He appealed all the employees and members to take this message of Punjab government to every household. Earlier the Chief Engineer Mr Daljit Singh Cheema, director water supply Mr Mohammad Ashfaq, Mr Ajay Sinha from Feedback Foundation also addressed the gathering.
Prominent among others present included special secretary Mr Ajoy Sharma, ADC (D) Mr Supreet Singh Gulati, Chief Enginner Mr P S Bhatti, XEN Mr Jaswinder Singh Chahal and others.