State Govt proposes to supply piped water to arsenic-affected areas

The state Public Health Engineering department has submitted a proposal worth Rs. 5,000 crore for supplying piped water in Arsenic-affected areas.

The Centre is examining the proposal and is likely to give its nod in the near future. Steps have also been taken to supply piped water in Fluoride-affected areas.

According to a survey conducted by the state government in 2005, water in nine districts is severely affected by Arsenic, another fiver are mildly affected and give other are safe from Arsenic.

Water would be taken from rivers and purified. Subsequently, the purified water will be supplied to households through pipeline.

The PHE has installed 200 water ATMs in the affected areas and work is on to install more. Most of the ATMs are in schools. A senior government official has stated that elaborate plans have been made to tackle the problem of Arsenic and Fluoride contamination. It may be mentioned that the PHE has chalked out a scheme to supply filtered water in all villages in the state by 2020 at an estimate Rs 8,000 crore.


আর্সেনিক কবলিত এলাকায় পানীয় জল সরবরাহ করবে রাজ্য সরকার

আর্সেনিক প্রবন এলাকায় পানীয় জল সরবরাহ করবে রাজ্য সরকার। রাজ্য জনস্বাস্থ্য ও কারিগরি বিভাগ এই পাইপ লাইনের জন্য ৫০০০ কোটি টাকা বরাদ্দ করেছে।

কেন্দ্রের কাছে এই প্রস্তাব পেশ করা হয়েছে। এছাড়াও ফ্লোরাইড affected  এলাকায়ও পানীয় জল সরবরাহ করার উদ্যোগ নেওয়া হয়েছে।

২০০৫ সালের সমীক্ষা অনুযায়ী, রাজ্যের ৯ টি জেলা ভীষণভাবে আর্সেনিক কবলিত। বাকি ৫ টি জেলাতে আর্সেনিকের প্রভাব অল্প রয়েছে। বাকি জেলাগুলি আর্সেনিক মুক্ত।

নদী থেকে জল নিয়ে তা পরিশোধন করা হবে। এরপর সেই জল পাইপলাইনের মাধ্যমে বাড়ি বাড়ি সরবরাহ করা হবে।

জনস্বাস্থ্য ও কারিগরি বিভাগ অইসব এলাকায় মোট ২০০ টি জলের এ টি এম বসিয়েছে এবং আরও এ টি এম বসানোর কাজ চলছে। অধিকাংশ এ টি এম বসানো হয়েছে স্কুলগুলিতে।

সরকারের একজন ঊর্ধ্বতন কর্মকর্তা জানিয়েছেন যে আর্সেনিক এবং ফ্লোরাইড দূষণ সমস্যা মোকাবেলা করার জন্য বিশদ পরিকল্পনা তৈরি করা হয়েছে।উল্লেখ করা যেতে পারে যে গ্রামে গ্রামে পরিশোধিত পানীয় জল সরবরাহ করার জন্য আগামী ২০২০ সালের মধ্যে ৮০০০ কোটি টাকা ব্যয়ে একটি প্রকল্প চালু করবে জনস্বাস্থ্য ও কারিগরি বিভাগ।


Bengal excels in providing drinking water to villages, control pollution

Adding another feather in its cap Bengal now excels in providing drinking water to the villages as well as in controlling pollution by technical means.

The State Public Health Engineering department has now requested for a package of Rs 10,000 Cr for carrying out a project to provide arsenic and fluoride-free drinking water to all the villages in the State.

Incidentally, Bengal has been the first and only State to start using the mobile app to pinpoint water sources for drinking water and map it with Geo-tag, which was devised by the Central Ministry.

The State PHE department has installed 217 laboratories to constantly check the quality of ground water. Also, all tube wells are being pinpointed by GI mapping. The laboratories have been given smart phones to do the mapping through the mobile app. Incidentally, Bengal also holds the first place in creating the number of laboratories to research on water quality.


দূষণমুক্ত পানীয় জল সরবরাহের জন্য সারা দেশে নজির গড়ল বাংলা

বাংলার মুকুটে যোগ হল আরও একটি পালক। গ্রামে গ্রামে পানীয় জল পরীক্ষাগারে প্রযুক্তির ব্যবহার ও দূষণ নিয়ন্ত্রণে এগিয়ে থাকার সুবাদে অন্য রাজ্যের তুলনার এগিয়ে বাংলা।

রাজ্যকে আর্সেনিক ও ফ্লোরাইড দূষণমুক্ত করতে জনস্বাস্থ্য কারিগরি দফতরের প্রতিনিধিরা ১০ কোটি টাকার একটি প্রেজেন্টেশন দেবে।

ঘটনাচক্রে, বাংলাই প্রথম রাজ্য যারা কেন্দ্রের গ্রামীণ জলসরবরাহ মন্ত্রকের তৈরি মোবাইল অ্যাপ ব্যবহার করে। জলের উৎস চিহ্নিত করে তা অ্যাপের মাধ্যমে আপলোড করে দিলে টা আপনাআপনিই অক্ষাংশ ও দ্রাঘিমাংশ এবং ছবি তোলার তারিখ ও সময় সহ জিও ট্যাগ করে নেবে।

রাজ্যের জনস্বাস্থ্য কারিগরি দফতর রাজ্যব্যাপী ২১৭ টি ল্যাবরেটরির মাধ্যমে প্রতিনিয়ত পানীয় জলের গুনমান পরীক্ষা করে চলেছে। এছাড়া প্রতিটি নলকূপকে ভৌগলিকভাবে চিহ্নিত করে তাঁর জি আই এস ম্যাপিং করা হচ্ছে এবং রাজ্যের প্রতিটি ব্লকে সমস্ত নলকূপকে পর্যবেক্ষণের আওতায় আনা হচ্ছে। প্রতিটি ল্যাবরেটরিকে স্মার্ট ফোন দেওয়া হয়েছে সার্ভে করার জন্য। ঘটনাচক্রে, পানীয় জল পরীক্ষাগারের সংখ্যার বিচারেও দেশে প্রথম বাংলা।


PHE department aims to install 40 water ATMs before Pujas

The state Public Health Engineering department has decided to install 40 units of water ATMs in different parts of Kolkata. One has already been installed near Ekdalia in South Kolkata.

With an endeavor to provide safe drinking water to all at a bare minimum price, it has been decided to install the same at different parts of the state. But as pilot project it will be first set up in Kolkata and its adjoining areas.

Before, Puja it will come up in two places in Dum Dum, Victoria Memorial Hall, Indian Museum and near Nakhoda Masjid and 40 other places. The locations have been identified based on the footfall.

One just needs to put a Rs 2 coin into the machine and one will get a bottle containing 1 litre of cold safe drinking water. This is the first time when such an initiative has been taken by the state government.

The state PHE department has plans to install 200 such water ATMs across the state and steps to identify the location would take place after the success of the project in Kolkata and its surrounding areas.

Second phase of Shaktigarh Industrial Hub comes up in Bardhaman

Following the wave of development in West Bengal under the Trinamool Government, the West Bengal Small Scale Industrial Development Corporation has set up the 2nd phase of the Shaktigarh Industrial Hub at Bardhaman.

On the other hand, sticking to the promise by the Trinamool Congress to supply every household with pipelined purified drinking water, the State Panchayat and PHE Minister Subrata Mukherjee will inaugurate a drinking water supply project at Mandalgram Bazar in Memari-II block, also in Bardhaman.

Seven mouzas will be benefited by this project covering more than 2258.70 hectares, which is being supplied by three deep tubewells.

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee who held a review meeting for the district at Mangalkote last week had distributed thousands of cycles under the Sabuj Sathi scheme to school students. Keeping with the pace of developmental works, the two new projects will bring a ray of light to the people of the district.

WB Govt plans to set up Anganwadi centres in tea gardens

The state government has urgently sought funds from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in ‘stressed’ tea gardens of North Bengal.

The government wants to set up around 180 anganwadi centres in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri. Anganwadis are government sponsored child care and mother-care centres.

The programme aims to benefit children in the age group of 0-6 years. These centres are run under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) program to combat child-hunger and malnutrition.

The state government has sought Rs.19 crore from NABARD. The money has been sought through Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), which is a wing of NABARD and provides direct loans to state governments.

A high-level meeting was held at Nabanna in presence of chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday and a task force was formed for maintaining co-ordination with several governments’ departments, including health, food, power, Public Health Engineering (PHE), ICDS, labour and others to prevent malnutrition.

WB Govt preparing plan to harvest rainwater in New Town

The West Bengal Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department is preparing a concept plan within the month on how rainwater harvesting could lead to optimum utilization of water at commercial complexes in New Town, such as Eco Park, parks, and even in community toilets.

After the PHE department drafts the plan, the Hidco authorities will hold a discussion, involving engineers, planners and experts, to finalize the next course of action.

The entire New Town has a network of box drains to drain off rainwater from roads. This water then flows into a canal, such as the link canal or `pass khal’ in Action Area I. A drainage pumping station then pumps out the water from there to Bagjola canal, which runs through the township. The Hidco authorities are now exploring if instead of siphoning off the rainwater from the roads into Bagjola, the pumping station could drain it into the water treatment plant at Tarulia.

It is already planned that water from the Hooghly will be sent to the Tarulia plant through 6-ft pipes for treatment and then supplied across Salt Lake and New Town for consumption. The authorities hope the rainwater, drained from the New Town roads, could also be treated at the Tarulia plant and diverted back to the township to be used at the commercial complexes. The authorities are also exploring if the rainwater could be treated and purified at the 100-MGD plant so that it could be used as potable water.

A number of sewage treatment pumps at various points of New Town flush out waste water and after being treated, it is pumped into the nearby bheries and canals. The authorities are also examining the possibility of treating this water, running it through a second stage of purification, so that it can be used for gardening, washing and flushing at commercial and public establishments.

Hidco officials pointed out the model could also be used in other proposed smart cities, Salt Lake, Durgapur and Haldia.

WB Govt launches packaged drinking water ‘Pran Dhara’

Subrata Mukherjee, Bengal’s minister for panchayat and public health engineering department launched — Pran Dhara — a packaged drinking water which is cheaper than any other bottled water. Bengal’s PHE department is producing the bottled water and will be marketing it through a private agency.

Subrata Mukherjee said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had named the brand and had wanted that PHE should go for commercial production.

The minister said that the bottle will cost Rs 7 for 500 ml and Rs 10 for 1 litre, so it is much cheaper than other packaged water selling companies.

He said that the water will be available at train stations and all stalls. He said that soon pure drinking water of PHE will be available at water kiosks and by paying a coin of Re 1 one can get 1 litre of water.

The government also intends to set up water ATMs across the state, the minister said.