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More tubewells for supply of drinking water

By Our Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCT. 2. The Minister for Water Resources, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, has directed the Ground Water Department to dig another 100 tubewells to reach drinking water to villages that do not have any protected water supply scheme.

Addressing a conference convened here on Friday to review the functioning of the department, the Minister asked the Department officials to dig borewells in 25 villages using funds available under the Rajiv Gandhi drinking water scheme and install electric pump sets.

The conference decided to carry out all these works with public participation. A popular committee would be in charge of each of the programme.

Maintenance

Mr. Radhakrishnan told the officials to complete maintenance of 2,729 tubewells that were operated using hand pumps and ensure their continued functioning. The department had set up 340 tubewells during last summer. Their maintenance should also be taken up.

The department should ensure that the full benefits of the scheme for digging wells for agriculture purpose, which carried 50 per cent subsidy, reached the farmers.

Technical experts

The conference decided that the department should make available the services of technical experts for drinking water schemes being taken up by panchayats.

The department should also extend technical assistance to drinking water schemes being taken up in the villages under the auspices of voluntary agencies.

The conference was told that authentic information needed for future planning of projects based on water resources would become available with the completion of the World Bank assisted hydrology project.

The second phase of the project has already started, an official release said.

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