Thrust on NorthEast: PM to lay foundation stone for Manipur water supply project

New Delhi, Jul 22, 2020, IANS

In keeping with the government thrust on the northeast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the Manipur Water Supply Project on Thursday through video link.

The Governor, the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues apart from MPs and MLAs are likely to join the event from Imphal.

It's part of the Centre's Jal Jeevan Mission to provide safe and adequate quantity of drinking water to every rural household by 2024.

The Centre has provided funds to Manipur for functional household tap connections to cover 1,185 habitations with 1,42,749 households. The state government has planned to cover the remaining households through additional sources of funding, including funds from the Department for Development of North Eastern Region.

An externally-funded project is designed to provide functional household tap connection to remaining households in Greater Imphal planning area -- 25 towns and for 1,731 rural habitations, covering 2,80,756 households, in 16 districts.

"The Manipur Water Supply Project is an important component of the state government's efforts to achieve the goal of 'har ghar jal' by 2024. The project outlay is about Rs 3,054.58 crore with a loan component funded by New Development Bank," said a government statement.