The State Government has taken a significant step towards improving the drinking water and sanitation services in five towns of the State by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the French Development Agency Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) for a project worth Rs. 817.12 crores. The project aims to develop better sewerage facilities and improve the drinking water supply in Manali, Bilaspur, Palampur, Nahan, and Karsog. The AFD will provide Rs. 612 crore for the project, while the State Government will provide Rs. 204.85 crores.
The project’s beneficiaries will receive house service connections in these five cities. The project aims to improve the environmental condition of water sources, reduce water-borne diseases, and manage quality sanitation facilities per local regulations and international best practices.
Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has expressed his commitment to providing the best sanitation facilities and quality drinking water to the people of the State, and this project will play a significant role in achieving this goal. With an implementation period of three years, the project will bring financial sustainability to the drinking water and sanitation sector.
The sewerage treatment plant will be designed with cutting-edge technologies, enabling the effluent to be reused for agricultural and industrial purposes. This project is a significant step towards improving the standard of living and the health of the citizens of the State.