The 16 World Bank mission praises Punjab’s implementation of Rs. 1,280 crore Punjab Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (PRWSS) project Phase-I as the best in the country and said that it should be declared as a model project and replicated in other parts of the country. The project has not only exceeded the implementation targets under water supply component by 127% but also provides water connections to each household in a village.
These observations were made by a World Bank team led by S. Poddipireddy during a meeting with Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to assess the progress made under the ongoing World Bank-aided project.
Poddipireddy said that water meters have been installed in 196 villages and more than 961 villages implemented under the project have achieved 100 per cent connectivity with each house having a tap installed. Some villages have also generated funds ranging from one to 10 lakh to operate and maintain the projects in their villages.
The team also apprised Badal that bank has already accorded in principle approval to Rs. 2200 crore Phase-II of PRWSS project on the recommendations of Union Ministries of Finance and Water Supply & Sanitation for providing the facility of sewerage system and potable drinking water in the State.