CHANDIGARH: In bid to ensure uninterrupted potable water supply in rural areas in the state, Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Department has set up first of its kind solar-based water supply projects at Jagrawan-Muradpur and Talwara villages of Jalandhar district under “Har Ghar Paani, Har Ghar Safai” mission. The panchayats of these villages felt relieved as their Jal Ghars’ electricity bills have come down to zero.
Besides, installing 150 meter deep tube-wells, said an official spokesperson, adding that 25000 litres capacity water tanks have been constructed to provide piped water supply to every household in these villages. The solar-based pilot projects were commissioned at a cost of Rs. 67.71 lakh. Now, the panchayats of these villages are not paying any electricity bill for water supply projects and the same amount, which was earlier spent for paying electricity bills, is being utilized for development works of the villages.
Expressing gratitude towards the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for the solar-based water supply project, Sarpanch of Jagrawan village Ms. Harjit Kaur said that the panchayat and residents of the village felt relieved as electricity bills have come down to zero. Similarly, clean water supply has started reaching every household of Talwara and Muradpur villages. With the successful commissioning of these projects 141 households of Jagrawan and Muradpur and 102 households of Talwara village have benefited.