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Rs 10,000 cr for potable drinking water supply to all Karnataka villages

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Bengaluru: Bengaluru development minister, K.J. George on Thursday announced that the state government will set aside Rs 10,000 crore a year to supply potable drinking water to all Karnataka villages over the next three years.

Speaking on the occasion of ‘Water Conference- 2016’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Bengaluru, minister said, “The government will provide infrastructure in the form of RO plants and public-private partnership can ensure that the investment is maintained and upgraded in the future.”

“The government is working towards restoration of water bodies, minimizing leaks in the distribution network and increasing the supply of fresh water. The goal is to bring down water lost in distribution to at least 30 per cent from the current 36 per cent. The government is also focusing on reducing water contamination while encouraging initiatives to promote water reuse and recycling”, he said.

BWSSB chairman, T.M Vijay Bhaskar told at the conference that a dedicated citizen phone-line (1916) would be set up to allow people to report  leaks in the water lines  in the city. A Rs 660 crore project was underway as well in South Bengaluru to replace old PVC pipes, faulty connections and defective meters.

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