Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday ordered the creation of additional storage capacity at the water works in the State.

Chairing the meeting of the State Sanitary Board here, he asked the Public Health Engineering Department to put up village-wise distance details about the location of water works in different villages so that a suitable decision could be taken to provide independent feeders to them.

Additional funds worth Rs. 100 crore had been provided in the revised plan budget and now Rs. 1,235.7 crore would be spent in providing water supply, sewerage and related facilities to the people, he added.

The Board approved financial projects of Rs. 157.03 crore for water supply and sewerage schemes in urban areas and Rs. 273.97 crore for urban and rural schemes. Drinking water supply would be augmented in 975 villages, he further said.

It was also decided to rename the Sanitary Board as Water Supply and Sewerage Board and constitute standing committees at the field-level and State-level to take final decision regarding the grant of consent for raw water to a new drinking water supply scheme. The committees would include senior officers of Public Health Engineering and Irrigation Departments.

In a significant eco-friendly decision, it was decided to plant 5.1 lakh saplings in 5,606 tubewell-based water works and 1,353 canal-based water works.

Public Health and PWD Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Chhatar Singh, Public Health Secretary S.C. Chaudhary, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister K.K. Khandelwal and senior officers were also presenting in the meeting.