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Chavara-Panmana water scheme inaugurated

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KWA, Jalanidhi lauded for time-bound completion of scheme



Much in need: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan unveiling a plaque to mark the inauguration of the Chavara-Panmana total drinking water scheme on Sunday.

KOLLAM: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said that all steps will be taken for the protection and conservation of the Sasthamcotta freshwater lake in the district.

He was inaugurating the Rs.55-crore Chavara-Panmana total drinking water scheme at Kolathumukku in Panmana near here on Sunday.

Fears over the sustainability of the lake in view of its becoming the source for the drinking water scheme had no base, he said. The lake's conservation was a priority for the government, he said. The Chief Minister congratulated the staff of the Kerala Water Authority and the ‘Jalanidhi' for completing the project in a time-bound manner.

He said 47 major drinking water schemes and 190 small schemes had been implemented in the State over the past four years and a half. Work on 190 drinking water schemes that would benefit more than 20 lakh families was also under way. If there were several complaints against the Water Resources Department earlier, now there was none.

The Chief Minister expressed concern over water bodies being converted into garbage dumping yards and targeted for encroachments. He said all water bodies, be it private or public property, had to be protected. He called for spreading proper awareness on the same.

Minister for Water Resources N.K. Premachandran, who is also the Chavara MLA, presided over the function. Minister for Food and Civil Supplies C. Divakaran spoke. V.K. Baby, managing director of the KWA, presented a report.

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