There is good news in festive season for the people of the urban areas of the state who are struggling with water shortage. The State Government has given permission to the Drinking Water Corporation to procure a loan of Rs. 1000 crores for providing 135 liters of water per day per person in urban areas. Now the corporation has started preparing for a loan to make adequate water supply in the affected cities.
Under the ambitious Amrit Project of the Central Government, drinking water schemes are being set up in Dehradun, Haldwani, Nainital, Haridwar, Roorkee, Rudrapur and Kashipur in the state. But in other cities of the state such a special project is not in operation. This is the reason that people in the rest of the cities of the hilly and plains are struggling with drinking water shortage.
A few days before the drinking water corporation started preparing to give 135 liters of water per day per person in these cities too. For which the proposal of the first budget was made and sent to the government. Now on the occasion of Deepawali, the state government has given permission to purchase a loan of 150 million dollars (one thousand crore rupees) for the construction of drinking water schemes in the urban areas. The Drinking Water Corporation will now take this loan from NABARD, World Bank, German Agency or any other external source. After that, drinking water will be supplied to the people by constructing pumping drinking water schemes in tube wells, overhead tanks and mountainous towns in the plains.
Prabhat Raj, Chief Engineer, Drinking Water Corporation, said that apart from Amrit, the government had sought permission from the government for taking loan from other sources for supply of drinking water. The government has given the corporation permission to take a loan of $ 150 million. Soon the corporation will start the further process.