Assam to seek EC permission on water projects

In view of the current dry spell, the state urgently needs to address the drinking water problem particularly in Guwahati

Guwahati, Mar 19 : The Assam government will seek Election Commission’s permission for sanctioning money for drinking water projects in view of the acute dry spell in the state.

“As the Lok Sabha poll dates have been announced, we will ask the Election Commission to allow us to sanction money for drinking water projects as there is tremendous water scarcity in the state,” said chief minister Tarun Gogoi.

“We have in the meantime asked district deputy commissioners to identify the projects and the money to be required,” Gogoi said.

Drinking water situation in Guwahati was very bad, he said, adding a Rs1,700 crore project for providing drinking water was already on. “I have also ordered for a census of the people illegally living in the hills of Guwahati to know the drinking water requirement in the city,” Gogoi said.

“We are very worried about the dry spell. Yes, deforestation is a cause of it. That is why we are giving emphasis on afforestation,” he said.