Himachal asks for Rs 382 cr from Centre



New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh government has requested the Center to allocate assistance of Rs 382 crore to the state under Bharat Nirman programme to cover 4,040 habitations under drinking water supply schemes during the current financial year.
Speaking at the National Conference on  Rural Drinking Water Supply Schemes in Vigyan Vhawan here today, state Irrigation and Public Health Minister Thakur Kaul Singh said that 4,040 not covered, partially covered or slipped back habitations would be covered under drinking water supply schemes during the current financial year in the state.
He said a sum of Rs 1,750 crore was required for the coverage of slipped back habitations to provide drinking water facilities, and added that funds would be generated through central water supply schemes and other financial institutions like NABARD and HUDCO.
He further said that state has created an infrastructure of 7,506 water supply schemes at
A cost of Rs 2,205 crore, which need rehabilitation work, and added that out these 1,775 schemes needs source protection, 1,091 schemes need intake/source tanks and 496 schemes need treatment units.
He said that 2,101 schemes were approved under Swajaldhara programmes in the state during last five years, and added that out of it 1,214 schemes have been completed and remaining 887 schemes were in various stages of completion.

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