Chhattisgarh among the leading states of the country in the availability of clean drinking waterJune 20, 2020
Chhattisgarh has become one of the leading states of the country by ensuring availability of 55 liters of pure drinking water per person per day. The arrangement of water supply through drinking water schemes has ensured the availability of easy drinking water to the people of rural areas by the Chhattisgarh government by ending the bond of 2 thousand population for drinking water schemes in villages. Providing clean drinking water to people in urban and rural areas is the top priority of the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel and under the guidance of Public Health Engineering Minister Guru Rudrakumar. The State Government is working on the policy of providing clean drinking water using surface water sources along with rainwater harvesting and ground water augmentation with ground water sources.
Minimata Amrit Dhara Yojana has been started by the state government in the year 2019 to provide pure drinking water to BPL families. Under which BPL Provision has been made to provide free tap connection to the families. So far, 40 thousand 831 families have been given free domestic tap connection with this ambitious scheme of Chhattisgarh state. There are about 20 thousand villages in Chhattisgarh. Drinking water is being provided in 3 thousand villages through the pipeline under the water magnification scheme. Along with this, the Water Life Mission aims to ensure supply of clean drinking water in every village of the state through tap from door to door.
In order to easily complete construction and maintenance related works related to drinking water supply in the state, the Department of Public Health Engineering has first introduced its new USOR rate. With the introduction of new USOR rate, it will be easier to carry out construction and repair works related to drinking water. The new USOR rate will now save the state government’s share of financial burden in addition to the state. This will help in speedy completion of departmental work in other areas including remote areas of the state.
Iron removal plants have been installed by the state government to make them habitable in the habitats in the state where there is excess of iron element in the water. Such settlements are more in Bastar region, where 40 to 50 thousand people are being supplied pure drinking water. Similarly, drinking water is being provided to about 30 to 40 thousand people by installing fluoride removal plant in 600 habitats. Nearly 40 thousand people are being provided pure drinking water by installing Arsenic Removal Plant in Chowki Nagar Panchayat of Rajnandgaon district and 20 nearby villages where there is a lot of toxic elements like arsenic in ground water. Uninterrupted supply of potable water through solar based dual pumps in remote, inaccessible, low voltage problem areas of the state. For quick redressal of complaints related to drinking water during the summer days, problems were resolved quickly by setting up control rooms at all district headquarters along with the state level.
Areas where ground water levels fall during summer cause serious problems of drinking water and discharge. A decision has been taken by the state government to use the ‘Wee Wire Injection Well’ rain water harvesting system. Through this technique and its working system, 10 MLD ie 10 million liters of rainwater can be injected and recharged from the rainwater in 2.5 acres area. It has been decided to apply this technology in Nikum and Anjora Dhaba villages of Durg district.