Ill-conceived plans, not fund shortage fail water supply schemes: CM Mehbooba

Emphasizing upon sustained efforts to harness State’s abundant water potential, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Friday committed to go whole hog in providing safe potable drinking water to every household as well as assured irrigation to the farmer community in the state.

To enforce accountability, she said the performance of the engineers will be linked with the success of schemes they execute. “The officers will be held responsible. We are lagging and need to immediately devise a mechanism to take forward all stranded projects,” she stated.

The Chief Minister was speaking while reviewing the functioning of PHE, I&FC Department, here today.

While taking firsthand appraisal of the water supply position, Mehbooba Mufti said there should be a well-thought out process before framing the modalities of new schemes, in particular relating to source depletion and long-term viability.

She urged the engineers to pick up the gauntlet and get into the nitty-gritty of the projects, adding the schemes do not fail due to fund constraint but primarily due to ill-conceived plans.

“Quick Action Plans and Response Teams have to be drawn up to meet any eventuality on account of water shortage,” she stressed, adding people, especially in rural belts, should not be subjected to any hardships.

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