New Delhi: In a shocking revelation, 8 percent of the residential areas in the country receive contaminated water supply. Polluted drinking water being supplied in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar has raised some serious concerns among government officials at the Centre.

On the other hand the state governments seem least bothered in finding a solution to the problem. What could be more disappointing is the fact that Bihar government even after having funds is not ready to take any step in this regard. The Centre has questioned the state government in this matter. Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh is likely to visit Bihar and meet CM Nitish Kumar.

Appraising the Rajya Sabha on the matter Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday presented startling facts. According to Ramesh water supplied to 16 lakh rural residential areas is contaminated with iron, arsenic, fluoride etc.
While answering a question raised by RJD’s Ramkripal Yadav, Ramesh said, “Bihar is the only state where funds provided by the Centre are not being utilized for improving the quality of drinking water. Till date, only 12 percent of funds have been utilized by the state government for the purpose.”

Ramesh added that Sikkim had become the first ‘Nirmal state’ in the country, which has achieved full sanitation coverage and Himachal Pradesh would be another state to get this distinction.