Lucknow: Owing to the abyss between the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government, the future of three dozen drinking water projects for the state hangs in a balance.

Under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), UP government had forwarded proposals for drinking water schemes worth Rs 800 crore to the Union Government. Even though more than 2.5 years have now gone by, Centre has not paid heed to them.

The UP government is terming this as an act of political vendetta against the state. Principal Secretary (State Urban Development) Durga Shankar Mishra said there are 630 cities in the UP out of which the Centre has allocated funds for 71 cities.

In order to supply sufficient drinking water to residents of main cities, more funds have been sought from the Centre. In the effort to meet the water demand in the remaining cities, an estimate worth Rs 67 billion has been prepared.Out of which, Rs 39 billion would be required for 13 municipal corporations, Rs 20 billion for 194 Municipal Councils and Rs 8 billion for 423 Nagar Panchayats.

According to the Centre, funds for UP under JNNURM have already been sanctioned and it is impossible to consider the remaining schemes.

Managing Director of UP Jal Nigam AK Srivastava said works are on for 75 drinking water schemes worth Rs 2,682 crore under the project.

Till now, more than Rs 13 billion have been spent and 645 new tubewells have been established.

“Construction is on for 221underground and 348 overhead tanks while Work on 9, 000 km drinking water line is also on,” he added.

Seven new water works of 808.5 MLD capacity are underway. Despite having spent Rs 2,700 crore on various schemes, additional amount of Rs 40 billion will be required to quench the thirst of people in rest of the cities.

According to Mishra, apart from setting a benchmark for water supply this year, directions are also being given to improve drinking water facilities.

JPN/Bureau