Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Public Health Engineering Minister Sushri Kusum Mahdele inaugurated one-day state-level workshop on National Rural Drinking Water Awareness Week here today. The Awareness Week will be held from February 25 to March 1.
Sushri Mahdele said that it is government’s responsibility to supply clean drinking water to people. For this, results of discussions to be held at the workshop should be implemented instead of confining them to documents only. She said that apart from awareness, attention will also have to be paid on availability of water. Smt. Mahdele said that treatment plants should be set up to supply clean drinking water. Old water sources like wells, baodis etc should be cleaned and recharged. Piped water schemes should be operated from old water sources itself. Attention should also be paid to water quality in the areas where water is brackish or fluoride-affected.
Sushri Kusum Mahdele said that the department should pay attention to quality of works. In contractual works, guarantee should be sought from contractors. Piped water schemes should not stop even for a day. Sushri Mahdele said that attention should also be paid to ensure that muddy water is not found in water sources. She said that an action plan of water needs to be chalked out in view of increasing population to ensure availability of water to people in future also.
Secretary S.K. Mishra said that awareness is a must regarding use of clean drinking water. People will have to be apprised of deformities caused due to polluted water. He said that school children should be apprised of importance of clean drinking water so that they make their parents aware about harms of use of polluted water.
He stressed the need to create public awareness regarding clean drinking water and accelerate pace of departmental works.
Chief Engineer Consultant G.S. Damor said that efforts should be made during awareness week that common people take domestic water connections. For this, people should be made aware through public announcement systems, education and communication.
UNICEF’s representative Manish Mathur threw light on importance of clean drinking water. He said that UNICEF is always ready to extend technical cooperation to bring about awareness.