Kerala demands more funds for drinking water projects

Thursday, Jun 23, 2016,12:05 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Kerala Water Resources Minister Mathew T Thomas has said there has been a 73.49 per cent reduction in allocation for the state under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and requested the central government to increase the annual grant to Rs 200 crore.

Have requested the Centre to enhance the allocation for the year 2016-17 to Rs 200 crore, he said after a meeting Union Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation Chaudhary Birender Singh here. The central allocation for this financial year is just 49.77 crore, he said. Noting that the reduction in allocation has affected various project implementation, he said Rs 1,188 Crore is required to complete the pending projects.

At present, Kerala Water Authority has 185 ongoing projects worth Rs 2,040.33 crore under various stages of progress and an amount of Rs 1,188.45 crore is required to complete these projects, he said. NRDWP is a programme under which rural water supply coverage is achieved in every state and the funding have different cost-sharing pattern between the Centre and the State.

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