Chandigarh: With a view to sort out drinking water shortage in the state, Minister for Public Health and Engineer, Haryana, Kiran Choudhary has sought Rs 400 crore special aid from the Centre.

Speaking at a conference of state ministers and secretaries of drinking water and cleanliness departments in New Delhi on Friday which was chaired by Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, Choudhary suggested that solar energy pumps should be installed in those regions which are facing the scarcity of electricity for promoting drinking water facilities and sanitation programmes.

She further said that availability of drinking water varies in different parts of Haryana. Eastern part of the state has sufficient water resources whereas in rest parts of the state, mostly saline water is available.

Moreover, 60 percent underground water cannot be used for drinking purposes.

Choudhary further added that the aid received by the Centre has been utilized under National Rural Drinking water Scheme and Desert Development Programmes. Although, it’s final installment was received in the last week of March.

‘Central government appreciated the efforts made by the state and received bonus from the Centre as well. Centre has indicated to provide Rs 232 crore aid to Haryana and Rs 265 crore will be collected from other sources. The total amount of Rs 497 crore would be utilized to upgrade drinking water facilities in 950 residential areas of the state.’


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