Dharamshala, January 18, 2016: Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh laid foundation stone of improvement and extension of gravity water supply scheme-Garoh-Garh-Saira-Noura at Dharamshala on Monday. This scheme to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.222.07 lakh. The scheme will benefit 17 census villages and 66 habitations of the area.
Virbhadra said ,"State government is making all out efforts to provide drinking water and irrigation facilities to every village of the State for which number of schemes were being executed. "
He directed the officials to complete all the projects in Kangra district in a stipulated time period.
He said that out of total 7373 habitations in Kangra district 6128 had already been provided drinking facility, and the target for covering more 312 habitations had been fixed for this financial year, out of which 242 had already been covered upto so far.
Informing about the irrigation facilities, he said ,"target had also been fixed for covering 921 hectare land under irrigation, out of which 685 hectares land was covered during last year." He said that 418 major, medium and minor irrigation schemes had been completed in the district thereby bringing 42023 hectares of land under irrigation facility.
Virbhadra Singh said that 9314 hand pumps had been installed in the district, out of which 472 hand pumps had been installed during this financial year upto December, 2015.
Later on the day, Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of separate lift water supply scheme to Tundu and Tharu villages in Tehsil Shahpur tehsil of Kangra district. The scheme will be completed at a cost of Rs. 113.04 lakh benefiting more than three thousand people and seven habitations of the area.
Chief Minister is on traditional winter sojourn of Kangra district,which started this Sunday and its first phase shall end on January 24.