New Delhi: Jharkhand government plans to take up water supply schemes in all fluoride and arsenic affected areas of the state in 2010-11, Rajya Sabha was informed Tuesday.
The state government proposes to take up 478 piped water supply schemes in rural areas out of which 233 schemes are in Left-wing extremism hit districts, Minister of State of
Rural Development Agatha Sangma said in reply to a written question in the Upper House.
"There are a few quality-affected areas, such as Sahebganj district affected by arsenic and fluoride and Palamu and Garhwa districts affected by fluoride. In order to provide safe drinking water in quality-affected areas, 124 water supply schemes are under implementation," he said.
She was asked to give details of the government plans to make treated water available to the people of Jharkhand, especially in Naxal-hit districts.
Sangma said provision of drinking water in rural areas of Jharkhand was "predominantly" based on hand pumps.
"As reported by the state government, five per cent of the state population has access to piped water supply. There are about 3.41 lakh hand pumps in the rural areas of the state
with an average of one hand pump for every 71 persons. In areas having no chemical contamination in ground water, hand pumps are considered a safe source of drinking water," she said.