DAVANGERE: The government has taken up installation of 1,000 drinking water units in as many villages across the state to provide water at affordable rates to rural folk, said Minister for Horticulture and APMC Dr Shamanur Shivashankarappa on Thursday.
He was speaking after inaugurating a safe drinking water unit at Kukkawada village in Davangere taluk. Shivashankarappa said in Davangere district, 100 such units will come up in rural areas. “The scheme was drawn up under the National Rural Drinking Water Scheme,” he said. “Each unit costs an estimated Rs.18.75 lakh. The water supply machines cost around Rs.13.50 lakh and Rs.5.25 lakh will be spent on their construction.”
He said water drawn from borewells will be purified, and every hour, 2,000 litres will be supplied from these machines for drinking purposes. Each villager can get 20 litres of drinking water for just Rs.2 for the next seven years under this project.
Gram Panchayat president Nirmala, Zilla Panchayat president Yeshodamma, ZP member Sudha, TP president Kariyamma, ZP CEO Bommanahalli and others took part in the programme. The minister had previously inaugurated a similar drinking water unit at Taralabalunagar in Davangere taluk.