Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Water Shortage in Samba

Samba facing shortage of over 5 lakh gallon water per day

Due to depletion of sources such as tube wells and dug wells, Samba has been facing shortage of over 5 lakh gallon water per day.

This information was provided by Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora, on behalf of Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, while replying to the Calling Attention Notice of National Panthers Party MLA, Yash Pal Kundal.

"Present availability of water from all sources is 23,65,000 gallon per day as against the present requirement of 28,65,959 gallon per day thereby causing shortage of 5,00,959 gallon per day", he said, adding "shortage of drinking water is due to increase in population and depletion of sources such as tube wells and dug wells especially during summer season".

He said shortage in general would be addressed by the completion of ongoing schemes as well as new schemes taken up / projected during the last fiscal and current financial year.

Stating that department has already taken a number of steps to overcome the shortage of drinking water, the Minister said that for augmentation of water supply to Deon, Deghar, Fedyali, Paddal and Rajool areas, a scheme for delinking of Surinsar Lake has been started during 2011-12 under Special Task Force at an estimated cost of Rs 723.59 lakh.

"About 30, 000 gallons per hour capacity filtration plant is under construction at village Dab Chilla and the scheme has been proposed to be completed within 2 years subject to availability of funds / material", the Minister said, adding "a new dug well has been framed under source sustainability at estimated cost of Rs 198 lakh for these tail end villages to supplement existing sources and has been reflected during the current financial year under NRDWP".

"The woks under various ongoing schemes are also in progress besides new proposals / projects are also under consideration over the years to overcome the shortage of drinking water in these areas", the Minister maintained.

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