Govt to spend Tk 8,850 cr for nationwide safe water supply

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Dhaka, Jan 07: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday cleared seven projects, including a Tk 8850-crore one, to ensure safe water supply across the country.The approval came at an Ecnec meeting held at the NEC conference room here with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

“The meeting today approved seven projects involving the total estimated cost of Tk 11,042.14 crore. The entire cost will come from the government’s fund,” said Planning Minister MA Mannan while briefing reporters after the meeting.

Among the projects, six are fresh and the remaining one is a revised one.

Talking about the project of safe water supply across the country, the Planning Minister said the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) of the Local Government Division will implement the project by June 2025 at a cost of Tk 8,850.74 crore.

The major project operations include setting up of some 90,636 swallow tube-wells and 1,23,877 deep tube-wells, installation of 2,06,664 swallow tube-wells with submersible pumps and water reservoirs, installation of 1,70,222 deep tube-wells with submersible pumps and water reservoirs, 3,379 ring wells, 3,210 rainwater harvesting units, 491 rural piped water supply schemes, erecting of 320 solar PSF, 29,570 arsenic iron removal plants and 8,838 community-based water supply units.