Nitish Renews his Pledge to Provide Clean Drinking Water to All

CM Nitish Kumar speaking at a PHED function in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: More than a decade after he trounced the Lalu machinery to become the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said that his government would ensure the availability of drinking water in each household in the state within the next five years.

Nitish Kumar flagging off 'Jal Doot' to flood-affected areas in Bihar.In his unintentional admission of the failure of his past two terms in supplying drinking water to each household as he had promised in his election campaign in 2005, Kumar, who now sits on the same side of the aisle as his former enemies Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress, said that only four to five percent of the total population in Bihar was currently getting tap water in their residences.

"Even if we implement all the schemes launched by the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), no more than 22 percent of the population would be getting tap water in their homes," the Chief Minister said while speaking at a function to inaugurate various water supply schemes to the tune of Rs. 215.47 crore.

Blaming poor rainfall in Bihar in the last ten years and lack of support from the Central government, Kumar said that he was committed to provide clean drinking water to every person in Bihar whether in rural or urban areas.

On the occasion, Kumar also flagged off the so-called 'Jal Doot', or mobile laboratories to districts affected by this year's flood, to check the quality of water in the area. The mobile labs are equipped with tools and equipment to check pollutants and germs in the tap water besides having experts in water resources to resolve any problem.

It may be recalled that supplying clean drinking water is part of the Chief Minister's 'Seven Resolve' to put Bihar into the category of developed states.


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