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370 hand pumps being installed in Jammu

           JAMMU: Minister for PHE Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary  today said  that  370 mark-II deep drilled hand pump  are being  installed in  Jammu  Province to overcome the shortage in water stressed areas.

          He said the installation work of 102 hand pumps stands completed, while work is in progress for the rest and is expected to complete during the current fiscal year.

          Replying  to  a question by  Surinder Kumar Choudhary  today   in the Upper House,  the Minister said hilly districts of the state  viz  Rajouri, Poonch, Kandi belt of Jammu, Doda , Kishtwar faced water shortage   due to continuous  dry spell  and  depletion of sources.

          The Minister said the water supply to the affected areas lying on road side is being augmented through tanker service.  He however said the shortage in the inaccessible areas is being met by rationalization of the available supply.

          The Minister further informed that government has initiated   awareness campaign through "Community & Capacity Development Unit"(CCDU) to educate the people about the importance of water conservation.

          The Minister said that as of now there is no provision for funds to revive the water supply schemes which were designed for a period of 15 years.    He however said if required   new scheme are prepared for the   areas where the existing schemes have completed the designed period.



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