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CLEAN WATER PROJECT: Bijapur Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Ranjan reviewing the `Jala Nirmala' project at Bijjaragi, 30 km from Bijapur, on Saturday.
CLEAN WATER PROJECT: Bijapur Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Ranjan reviewing the `Jala Nirmala' project at Bijjaragi, 30 km from Bijapur, on Saturday.

Staff Correspondent

Enthusiastic response from villagers; work completed in 25 gram panchayats

BIJAPUR: Chief Executive Officer of Bijapur Zilla Panchayat, Rajeev Ranjan, said here on Saturday that the Jala Nirmala Yojana, a public participatory drinking water supply scheme, has been progressing well.

Mr. Ranjan inspected some of the works implemented in Athalatti, Bijjaragi and a few other villages in the taluk along with Deputy Project Manager of the Jala Nirmala Yojna, D. Pranesh Rao. He said the district stood second in the State in implementing the scheme thanks to enthusiastic response from the villagers.

He said the Bijapur is one among 11 North Karnataka districts chosen for the project being implemented with 85 per cent World Bank assistance. In the district, 75 gram panchayats covering 284 villages have been chosen for the scheme. The scheme is being implemented in three stages.

In the first stage, he said 30 gram panchayats covering 100 villages have been selected. Works have been completed in 25 gram panchayats covering 75 villages. The people have to contribute 10 per cent of the cost that comes to Rs. 2.52 crores, of which Rs. 2.15 crores has already been collected.

Mr. Rao said the first instalment of Rs. 20 crores, which was released from the World Bank, has been credited to accounts of respective village panchayats. Remaining works are expected to be completed by the end of current financial year.

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