Shillong(Meghalaya), Aug 31: In response to a long felt need of the people of Laitkor Pyllun, Samlin Malngiang, Meghalaya PHE Minister today laid the foundation stone for the Greater Laitkor Water Supply Scheme in the presence of Lambor Malngiang, local MLA and MDC of Nongkrem Constituency and Chairman of the State Planning Board as well as officials of the PHE Department and the local Headman, members of the Dorbar Shnong and the Village Water And Sanitation Committee.
The function held at Laitkor Pyllun Community Hall was organised by the Laitkor Dorbar Pyllun and the Village Water and Sanitation Committee, Laitkor Pyllun.
Sanctioned in the month of July 2020 at an estimated cost of ` 28.99 Cr., the Greater Laitkor Water Supply Scheme will cover the villages of Laitkor Lumheh, Laitkor Rngi, Laitkor Nongdaneng and Laitkor Mawri.
The scheme is set to benefit 2500 households covering 15,000 inhabitants with safe drinking water. The scheme is aimed to be completed within two years from the date of commencement.
Addressing the gathering, Samlin Malngiang lauded the tireless efforts of the local MLA and MDC in ensuring that the said scheme saw the light of day. He also informed that since 2017, a total of ` 453 Cr have been sanctioned under different Central and State schemes for the implementation of a number of developmental projects in the State through the PHE Department. With regard to the Jal Jeevan Mission, a Central government initiative which aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections by 2024.
Malngiang said that the target of the State Government is to complete at least half of the targeted 2,04,000 household within the year 2020. He also informed that work on the improvement of the Mawkma-Laitryngew Water Supply Scheme and Mawphlang-Mawngap-Marbisu Water Supply scheme sanctioned at a cost of ` 10 Cr and ` 30 Cr respectively has commenced and will be completed soon.
Lambor Malngiang while speaking on the occasion expressed gratitude to all the landowners for voluntarily donating their lands for the implementation of the water supply scheme. He also added that in spite of the financial crisis, he was glad that the Government has been able to sanction the scheme which will go a long way in addressing the water scarcity problem faced by the people of Laitkor Pyllun for a very long time.
On the occasion, a Resolution passed by the Executive Committee of the Laitkor Dorbar Pyllun and the Village Water and Sanitation Committee with regard to the smooth implementation of the scheme, was handed over the local MLA and MDC and to the Additional Chief Engineer of the PHE Department. (MIPR)