Agartala: Each para (locality) — the smallest unit of people’s habitation in the State — will get drinking water within the next three years, said Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath who is also the spokesperson of the State Cabinet.
Referring to the ambitious ‘Atal Jaldhara’ project aimed at achieving this target, he said that work is progressing satisfactorily, adding that to give an impetus to the project the State government has decided to dig more tube wells than the original target, this year.
At present, there are 8723 such localities across the State out of which at least one source of drinking water could be created in 6,158 paras till December 31, 2019 while 2,553 paras would be partially covered. There are 12 paras located in the remotest areas where drinking water source could not be created till now. He added that ensuring the supply of drinking water through the pipeline is also one of the priority sectors of the State government. Till now, pipeline water could be supplied in 4,837 villages while another 1,254 paras are being partly covered. There are other 2,632 paras where pipelines could not be connected. He, however, pointed out that the State government has decided to ensure supply of drinking water through pipelines to these villages. Besides, additional 182 deep tube-wells will be dug for this purpose.