Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, on Sunday launched a programme in the Nalanda district that will purify floodwaters before distributing them to homes in the southern portion of the state.
He stated that the Ganga Water Supply Scheme (GWSS) was designed with the needs of the four towns in southern Bihar for the next 50 years in mind after its launch in Rajgir.The initiative will give a total of 135 litres per person, he noted.
It ought to be adequate. Upon seeing the results of this project, I will also make plans for Patna, which is located along the banks of the Ganga, in a like manner. Ganga water will eventually get to Nawada as well. In order to address the drinking water shortage in the area, all four South Bihar municipalities will conserve Ganga water during the flood season.
According to him, the project was planned as a component of the “Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali” project in 2020 due to the region’s water shortages.
To avoid getting Gangajal through your taps, stop using borewells for drinking water. Everyday bathing and drinking are permitted in Gangajal. Additionally, Nalanda University and all of the temples will be reached. Additionally, this initiative will aid in recharging groundwater for agricultural use. I have contributed significantly to Rajgir, a place where many different religions coexist. Its springs will also awaken, he continued.
However, he bemoaned the Centre’s decision to reject a proposal for an airport in Rajgir.
Sanjay Kumar Jha, the state’s minister of water resources, stated that floodwaters will be raised using pumps at Hathidah and moved via a 151-kilometer pipeline to three sizable reservoirs in Rajgir, Tetar, and Gaya. The water will then proceed to two Water Treatment Plants (WTP) for treatment before being delivered to the cities.
Due to excessive borewell groundwater exploitation, Rajgir, Gaya, and Bodh Gaya in South Bihar have been suffering from a water deficit. It is a momentous day for Bihar, and Nitish Kumar was involved from the idea stage all the way through implementation. He plans forward, and the initiative is evidence of his foresight and dedication to improving people’s lives, the speaker continued.
The GWSS, according to deputy chief minister Tejaswhi Prasad Yadav, was “a testament to Nitish Kumar’s vision, whose actions speak louder than words and achieve the improbable.” According to finance minister Vijay Kunar Choudhary, Nitish Kumar accomplished something most people could not even fathom by providing Ganga water to the populace.
The project is expected to cost $4500 crore. Work on the Nawada phase is also in progress, according to officials aware with the situation, and is anticipated to be finished by June.