Ahluwalia hails Telangana CM KCR, Mission Bhagiratha

Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation S S Ahluwalia on Wednesday described Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao as a dynamic leader who was implementing scores of welfare programmes in the State.

“The Telangana State government has, in fact, become a role model for others with the implementation of Mission Bhagiratha, which is a first in its kind programme in the country to supply piped drinking water to every household in the State,” the Union Minister said, addressing a high level review meeting with Irrigation department officials at the National Institute of Rural Development here.

Earlier, Engineer-in-Chief Surendhar Reddy gave a power point presentation to the Central delegation on Mission Bhagiratha. Hailing the State government for designing and implementing Mission Bhagiratha, Ahluwalia said it was a novel programme and “TS is the first State in entire country to implement such a project. “I had heard about the project from the TS MPs, who also keep me regularly updated on its progress in New Delhi. Today, I have seen how the prestigious project is being implemented,” he said.

The State government conceptualized the mammoth water grid project with an outlay of Rs 40,000 crore, and hopes to complete it by the end of 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the project on August 7, 2017, in Gajwel, and since then, officials from several States have visited TS to study the project for replication. The objective of Mission Bhagiratha is to provide 100 litres of clean drinking water per person in rural households and 150 litres per person in urban households. Once the water grid project is completed, 28,400 habitations will receive drinking water every day.

Source: Telangana Today

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