All 74,274 households of Barnala district will get access to tap drinking water by March 2022, under the ‘Har Ghar Pani, Har Ghar Safai’ mission of the state government. As per the sources, 60 per cent of the population in district already had access to tap water.

Gamdur Singh of Khiali village said the village had got waterworks four years ago, but not every villager had access to it. Sarpanch Harpinderjit Kaur said, “Unlike the poor, the rich can manage to have pumps or other means to get drinking water. With the help from the state, we have been able to lay pipes for 250 households. Even the houses located on the outskirts of the village have been provided with drinking water.”

Ruldu Singh of Chung village said the panchayat had recently completed the work of laying drinking water pipes and around 200 households had connections.

“Earlier, villagers had been drinking underground water, which had high fluoride content. Tap connections will help improve the health of the people,” he said. Sarpanch Mehnga Singh said the villagers contributed to pay the power bill of waterworks, ranging from Rs 7,500-Rs 8,000 every month.

Tej Partap Singh Phoolka, Deputy Commissioner, Barnala, said under the ‘Har Ghar Pani, Har Ghar Safai’ mission, drinking water and toilets were being provided to every household in the district.

Source: February 10, 2021, The Tribune