No compromise on providing safe drinking water to people: Secy PHE

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Inspects 300 cusec Ravi Tawi lift irrigation plant at Boria

JAMMU: Secretary, Public Health Engineering (PHE) I&FC, Farooq Ahmad Shah on Tuesday said that there will be no compromise in providing safe drinking water to the general public. He stressed upon all the concerned to work with dedication and to ensure safe drinking to people.
Shah was speaking during an inspection to Boria intake VT pump station and 300 cusec Ravi Tawi Lift irrigation plant, Jammu to take stock of the functioning.
While inspecting the functioning of 300 cusec lift Irrigation plant, the Secretary was apprised that the station has 6 pumps with the capacity of 60 cusec each. “Presently 5 pumps are functional and one pump remains on standby mode,” an official handout read.
He directed for immediate cleaning of all the surroundings of lift Irrigation plant and proper maintenance of machinery particularly, pumps of Boria intake VT pump station to ensure no leakage and wastage of drinking water.
Besides meeting with the senior officials of the PHE department, at PHE Division (South) Gandhinagar, the secretary also had an interaction with the staff.
The secretary was informed that the water treatment plant Boria and Narwal feeds potable drinking water to more than 2.50 lakh souls of surrounding areas i.e., Batandi, Nowabad, Narwal, Sujma and Sainik colony and other areas of Jammu city.
Shah was apprised that Boria plant provides 36 lakh gallons and Narwal provides 70 lakh gallons of drinking water per day to the people. He was also informed that the capacity will be increased by another 20 lakh gallons of water upto March 2019 and that it will be supplied to those areas which are facing shortage of drinking water facility, read the handout further.
“In Jammu district, 53 languishing projects of PHE have been approved at a cost of Rs 100.56 crore of which 22 projects will be completed by March 2019 and remaining projects would be completed by next year,” it read.
Shah said that all the languishing projects should be strictly completed within the stipulated time frame. He also stressed for transparency in the execution of the projects.
He stressed upon the officials to carry out regular inspection of water tanks and asked them to perform their duties with full dedication. He said the government is duty bound to provide safe drinking water to the people and reaffirmed the resolve to eradicate water-borne diseases in the state.
“It is our prime duty to protect water resources and keep them pollution free,” he said, adding that consumers should use the supplied water judiciously without any wastage. He said, “Safeguarding of water resources is important and this is the moral and personal responsibility of the people to conserve water.”
The secretary also stressed upon officials to gear up their men and machinery and to speed up work at grassroots level so that people get clean drinking water facilities, the handout added.