Members of the zilla panchayat have demanded that the officers concerned pressure the State Government to release Rs. 8.25 crore to solve the drinking water problem in rural areas.

As soon as the general body meeting of the Bijapur Zilla Panchayat began here on Saturday, members began demanding immediate steps to solve the drinking water problem. They also demanded that more goshalas be opened in rural areas.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Kashinath Pawar stated that the district administration was prepared to tackle the drinking water and fodder problems in the district. The responsibility of releasing funds and arranging for drinking water had been handed over to the zilla panchayat.

“The district administration will release funds as soon as it receives the proposal. The zilla panchayat authorities should submit their proposals to task force committees as early as possible,” he added.

Proposal submitted

He stated that the district administration had released Rs. 5.16 crore as the first instalment for solving the drinking water problem.

A proposal of Rs. 8.25 crore had been submitted to the State Government. Mr. Pawar also stated that Rs. 86 lakh had been released separately to the zilla panchayat to supply drinking water in tankers to villages facing acute shortage of water.

Zilla panchayat CEO A.N. Patil stated that of the Rs. 5.16 crore received by the district administration, the zilla panchayat had released funds to drill 522 borewells and for 21 drinking water projects.