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New water supply scheme inaugurated in Hailakandi
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 HAILAKANDI, May 17 - In a bid to provide pure drinking water to the tea garden workers and the rural masses, Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE) Rihon Daimari today inaugurated the “Integrated Rupcherra Multi-Village Piped Water Supply Scheme” in Hailakandi district . The project, which was executed with a cost of Rs.19.67 crore, is likely to benefit the poor people in the district.

Inaugurating the scheme at a function at Rupcherra, Daimari said that the scheme would immensely benefit the people of seven tea gardens. Altogether 23,000 families covering 44 habitations will be able to get pure water through the scheme.

With an intake capacity of 3.00 MLD, the scheme that draws water from Katakhal river, will cover Rupacherra, Vernapur, Lalamukh, Lalacherra, Jugicherra, Sonacherra and Dholai areas.

Daimari called upon the tea garden workers and the rural people, tea garden management and the administration for constitution of a committee for making the scheme a viable one.

“The government has executed the scheme for the poor people and it is your duty to make the scheme more sustainable ,” he said. The minister said that he would hold discussions with the managers and the owners of the tea gardens to render all possible help so that it runs without any hindrance.

“We will hand over the scheme to the tea garden management and the responsibility lies on them to run the scheme properly,” he said.

Daimari called upon the engineers to ensure quality of the drinking water being supplied through the 68.40 km-long pipe line network. Daimari also asked the engineers to maintain proper cleanliness in and around the water storage tanks.

He said that the government has taken up ambitious plans for reviving defunct drinking water supply schemes for which it has allocated funds in the budget for revival of at least six defunct water supply schemes in each constituency.

He added that the State and the Central Governments have been working relentlessly to ensure an Open Defecation Free (ODF) state through the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He pointed out that the state government has given incentives and award to the best clean village and exuded optimism that Hailakandi would soon become an ODF district. Four districts of Assam have been declared ODF so far.

In this context, he informed that an amount of Rs 4 crore has been sanctioned for the Hailakandi district for restoration of the defunct toilets under the total sanitation campaign.

“Assistance amounting to Rs 10,000 will be provided to each family for restoration of defunct toilet and the amount would be transferred directly to the beneficiaries’ accounts,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Environment and Forest, Parimal Suklabaidya said that a long felt need of the plantation workers of the seven tea estates and adjoining areas has been fulfilled following the commissioning of the piped-water supply scheme. He also appealed to the people to make judicious use of water and to contribute their might to make the water supply scheme sustainable.

MLAs Anwar Hussain Laskar, Suzamuddin Laskar and Amar Chand Jain, Superintendent of police, Mohneesh Mishra, District Development Commissioner, FR Laskar, Secretary of PHED, Biren Bhattacharjee, Bijoy Singh and Manager of Rupacherra tea garden, Amithabha Jha also spoke on the occasion. MLA Emmanuel Mosahary and Superintending Engineer of PHE, Hailakandi Division, Nuruzzaman Choudhury were present at the inaugural function.

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