To ensure adequate water supply in the state, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has decided to conduct a survey of outdated handpumps and to install the defluoridation units on priority basis. The PHED has been conducting several meetings to ensure supply of clean water, which was a poll promise of the BJP in the recently concluded Assembly elections.
Before the Lok Sabha elections, the government plans to eliminate the problem of sufficient availability of clean water in the state. Keeping this in view, Prem Singh Mehra, principal secretary, PHED has said that the hand pumps which are still in a reusable condition should be revived.
For this, executive engineers across the state will be conducting surveys and submit reports on the same in 15 days’ time.
“The survey report regarding the revivable hand pumps is to be submitted within 15 days of the survey, that too in the month of February,” said Prem Singh Mehra while speaking in the meeting at the Jal Bhawan.
Notably, this year the state has had a good rainfall. PHED, therefore, believes there must have been a rise in the water level.
After coming to power in state, the BJP has listed the supply of clean water as one of its prime responsibilities. The party feels, with the Lok Sabha elections round the corner, any deviation from this would not be acceptable.
Besides, the defluoridation units which were to be installed earlier will not have to be fixed on a priority basis. The government has taken the delay very seriously and hence, Prem Singh, has ordered to submit the report on this delay so that action can be taken against the concerned contractor.
Notably, a study by Rajasthan Voluntary Health Association (RVHA) had shown that a total of 2,433 villages have high fluoride content in the water being supplied to them.
Around 2.6 million people live in these villages.
High content of fluoride in drinking water causes weakening of bones and yellowing of teeth. To resolves this problem, defluoridation units were decided to be installed. However the work has been slow, informed the department officials.