Soon after officially assuming charge, the newly appointed drinking water minister Prakash Pant has met the senior officials of the drinking water department at Vidhan Sabha on Saturday. It is being expected that the water projects whose clearances have been pending for some time due to what is known as red -tapism would get the ministerial nod fast as Pant is also holding the finance department under his charge. The officials say that the files that used to gather dust while wandering from the tables of several departments would be cleared in no time.
During the meeting, the minister exhorted the officials to pull up their socks to cope up with the increased water demand with the onset of summer. He said he would not brook excuse to be given for delay in repairing the damaged water pipelines. All the pending works should be taken up promptly and be completed at the earliest, the minister said.
He made it clear that the department will ensure supply of water through tankers and hand pumps at places that are grappling with water scarcity in the wake of the drying up of the natural water resources. He further asked the people to immediately inform the department officials if they come across any kind of water leakage anywhere. “We can hardly function the way we like unless the people are active too,” he said.
He also asked the officials to make fool-proof arrangements of water and others during the upcoming char dham yatra. “The people who come as pilgrims must return as the brand ambassadors of the state,” he said.
He also asked for perfect coordination between Jal Nigam, engaged in executing projects, and Jal Sansthan, entrusted with the maintenance of the projects, for enhancing efficiency. “Summer setting in, we all must be on our toes to ensure that no part of the state suffers from water scarcity in any way,” Pant said.