The state administration in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir (J and K) is augmenting the water supply system in the valley.
The Public Heath Engineering (PHE) is working on the project to augment supplies. The local springs around the district will be used to extract water and construction is expected to be completed by 2013.
The central government provided most of the funds for the scheme, which is likely to benefit more than 5,000 families, while the rest would be borne by the state government. "This water supply scheme is worth Rs.45.96 crores, so Rs.36.89 crores is provided by the central government, while the rest is funded by the state," said Eijaz Ahmad, Assistant Executive Engineer, Anantnag Division.
The residents had, in past, complained to the authorities since there was supply of contaminated water, causing water-borne diseases.
"This project is a good initiative and will benefit the people. The government has now taken charge of this project, they say the water would now be supplied from springs and would be completely pure," said Ashiq Hussian Bhat, Former Trade Leader, Anantnag. (ANI)