Solar Based Integrated Multi Village Drinking Water Supply Project Inaugurated by Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Publish Date : 10/11/2020

Roing, Nov 6: Union Minister, Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat today inaugurated the Solar Based Integrated Multi Village Drinking Water Supply Project for 39 census villages at Jia village, Lower Dibang Valley district, in the presence of CM Pema Khandu, DCM Chowna Mein, Home Minister Bamang Felix, PHED Minister Wangki Lowang, Education Minister Taba Tedir, MP Tapir Gao, MLAs Gum Tayeng, Dasanglu Pul, Mopi Mihu, Mutchu Mithi and Ninong Ering, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, heads of departments, GBs and the public of the area.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat called the project ‘first of its kind in the entire country’ as the project has utilised green energy and will benefit the area in various sectors. He said that it was in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge to provide potable drinking water to each and every household by 2024 under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

He expressed his appreciation for the commitment with which the state government is working towards providing drinking water to each and every household within the next 3 years by 2023, one year before the nation’s target date. Water should not only reach each and every household but should be safe and drinkable, he added. The Union Minister also spoke about the scope of such multi sectoral projects in the state, especially in the tourism sector. The central government is with the people of the state in bringing about change and development in the lives of all, he added.

He also spoke about the Prime Minister’s vision for development of the country. Before 2014 the NE region felt itself cut off from the rest of the country, but under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi an inclusive develop of the whole country was started on a priority basis. In the last 6 years, the area has been developed as a centre of growth with improved communication infrastructure, he said. He also spoke about PM Narendra Modi’s vision for the inclusive develop of the country with a pledge to improve the living conditions of the common man and so made the country open defecation free in 5 years, gave electricity to all villages in the country, provided banking services to the poor and provided 8 crore new gas connection to households.

CM Pema Khandu spoke about the improved connectivity in the recent years due to the support provided by the central government to the NE region and Arunachal Pradesh. We are preparing a road map to connect the interior villages and all areas of the state, he said. We are a blessed and resourceful state with a potential to harness and develop the agriculture, tourism, water, forests and mineral resources available with us and so are in the process of streamlining the policies to bring in investments, he added.

The project, conceived with integrated elements of drinking water, green energy and tourism components, will not only only supply water to 905 households of Jia, Bolung and Bukkong area but will also promote tourism and boost the rural economy of the area. The project has been implemented at an estimated cost of 3100.00 lakhs.

The Union Minister also inaugurated the RIWATCH Documentation Centre at Khinjili.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the new infrastructure of the Govt. Higher Secondary School, Dambuk at the new school site, in the presence of MP Tapir Gao, Home Minister Bamang Felix, Education Minister Taba Tedir and MLAs Gum Tayeng, Dasanglu Pul, and Mopi Mihu.

He said that for any society to develop, it is very important to concentrate on the education sector. In the early days although the number of schools were less, the quality and outcome was very good. But after our statehood, with the increasing number of schools being established and upgraded, the quality has deteriorated, he added. We need to discuss on the means to improve the quality of education in the state, he said. He spoke about bringing in reforms in the education sector, setting the transfer policy, improving the infrastructure of schools and winding up of zero enrolment schools.

N. Namchoom, DIPROCm