Patna: Bihar government on Friday told the Assembly that it would ensure around 2700 tubewells, lying defunct, became functional in the next six months as a determined opposition tried to corner the government on the issue.
As the members from opposition tried to corner the government during zero hour on the issue, state Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav said the government had awarded
contracts to turn all the defunct tubewells functional within next six months.
Yadav said the agencies have been asked to restore the faulty ones on turn-key basis.
Pointing out that with the onset of summer, the state was heading towards another spell of drought and acute shortage of drinking water, opposition members Abdul Bari
Siddiqui (RJD) and Sadanand Singh (Congress), besides ruling JD(U) MLA Ajit Kumar demanded that the state government take immediate steps to restore the tubewells.