To improve water and sanitation services in the state, the Punjab Government has taken a huge leap by assigning Rs. 2200 crore to the ‘Punjab Rural Water & Sanitation Sector Improvement Project’. The move is aimed primarily at providing the people in every nook and corner of the state with basic and necessary amenities. The target is to make the state open defecation free.
The government has been focusing a lot on healthcare in the state and this move can be said to be an extension of the same. Under the project, the government is committed to provide all the households with a toilet and a water connection within three years. At present, under the existing rural water supply schemes 40 litres per capita per day (lpcd) water is made available to the consumer. However, the government has proposed to increase the same to 70 lpcd.
With the development, Punjab will become the first state in the nation to achieve the prescribed norm for potable drinking water at par with international standards. A sum of Rs. 300 crore has been set aside to provide treated water in all villages of Punjab including 121 villages of Moga and Barnala districts with affected water quality. Officers are being asked to ensure water supply in each and every household and issue a certificate for the same.
The ongoing development in the field is constantly being reviewed by the government and the villagers and panchayat members are being contacted on regular basis to monitor the progress. Regarding the construction of streets, the government has instructed to construct the streets only after work of water supply is completed. Construction of toilets in villages is also given special attention and it is being made sure that the people in villages have access to adequate number of toilets.
With an aim of overall development of the state, the Government of Punjab is working day in and day out and making sure that people have access to basic amenities. Further improvement of living standards in Punjab is also being focused upon and the people witness launch of new development projects every day.