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Government responsible for ensuring people’s right to drinking water: PM Deuba



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Panchthar, March 21: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today inaugurated the ‘Angna Mauwa Greater Pumping Drinking Water Project’ based in Mauwa of Tumbewa rural municipality-3 in Panchthar district.    

The Prime Minister inaugurated the project by releasing water from a tap at the local Indrani Secondary School. The project is expected to benefit 1,600 households at Tumbewa-1, 2 and 3.    

On the occasion, the Prime Minister expressed his hope that the project would contribute to ensuring the citizen’s right of access to clean drinking water guaranteed by the Constitution and thus achieving the sustainable development goals.    

“It is the responsibility of the government to provide the people with clean drinking water and sanitation facility,” the Prime Minister said, admitting that smooth water supply in urban and village settlement was yet to be ensured. “Drinking water management for the people is still time-consuming,” he said, underlining the need of focusing on the construction of river-based small and medium-scale water projects at the local level to address the issue.    

Stating that the government was doing its best to provide 99 per cent population with a clean drinking water facility by the end of the 15th plan (2019/20 – 2023/24), he said the restoration of water projects damaged by the off-season rains was the current priority of the government.    

Stating that the project to conserve water sources in hilly areas had started, Minister for Water Supply Umakanta Chaudhary stressed the need for waving electricity tariffs on lifting and pumping water projects.    

Starting in 2074 BS, the project that cost over Rs 452 million is expected to benefit over 8,000 local people.    

The water is released into various seven tanks at various areas at Mauwa hill, 1,336 meters above sea level. For this, an 11 kV electricity transmission line has been constructed along 23 kilometres. Similarly, another transmission line has also been built.    

The water is pumped 10.97 litres per second into a tank set up at Mauwa bazaar, said Suresh Acharya, secretary of the Water Supply Ministry.

The project aims to benefit around 1,604 households. But, the pipelines have been expanded up to around 900 households, said Surat Lal Chaudhary, chief of the Federal Water Supply and Sewerage Management Project, Ilam.