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Mission Bhageeratha will cover 95% villages by 2017: FM

Mission Bhageeratha will cover 95% villages by 2017: FM
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Finance Minister E Rajender on Monday said that government would provide water to 95 per cent of the villages in Telangana through Mission Bhageeratha by December 2017.  He said that efforts were on to cover nearly 95 per cent of the villages by December, 2017. Nearly 6,100 villages are likely to receive water through the Mission by December, 2016, said the minister. 

Hyderabad: Finance Minister E Rajender on Monday said that government would provide water to 95 per cent of the villages in Telangana through Mission Bhageeratha by December 2017. He said that efforts were on to cover nearly 95 per cent of the villages by December, 2017. Nearly 6,100 villages are likely to receive water through the Mission by December, 2016, said the minister.

Rajender said, “The government is of the firm belief that provision of safe and adequate drinking water is the primary responsibility of the State and such provision will go a long way in improving the health and thereby economic standards of vulnerable sections of society.” He recalled that when Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao represented Siddipet Assembly constituency, he ensured that every village was provided with a tap connection.

‘Mission Bhageeratha’ is an extension of this concept and intends to ensure that no female member of a household should have to walk miles carrying a pot of water on her head. ‘Mission Bhageeratha’ is conceived to provide 100 litres per capita per day (LPCD) treated and piped water to every household in rural areas, 135 LPCD in municipalities and 150 LPCD in municipal corporations.

The innovative and ambitious ‘Mission Bhageeratha’ has received accolades from HUDCO, Niti Ayog and CMs of other States like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. He informed that the project was divided into 26 segments and would be drawing about 42.27 TMC of water from perennial rivers like Krishna, Godavari and major reservoirs.

The ambitious project is expected to be completed in the next three years at an estimated cost of Rs 40,000 crore. So far, administrative sanction was already accorded for works amounting to Rs 36,976.54 crore, he added.

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