Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday inaugurated a Drinking Water Project at Jia Village in Lower Dibang Valley, in a first of its kind project in Arunachal. Chief Minister Pema Khandu attended the inaugural ceremony as well. Besides drinking water facilities, the project also has tourism components such as a hot spring, swimming pool, amphitheater, park etc to attract tourism.
The Chief Minister in his speech said that the project is designed to provide drinking water to 17,480 people. He said the project has been conceived as an integrated project with an element of drinking water, green energy and tourism component in it. The project is first of kind in THE state using a green energy-solar grid, SCADA automation system, Prefabricated zinc alum storage tank and HDPE conduit for mains, sub-mains and distribution networking system. The project envisages promotion of tourism in the area which will enhance living standard of the people and thus help in boosting rural economy, said the CM.
Also speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister appreciated the initiative and said the project is as per Prime Minister’s vision for multiple resource utilization. He said such a model of the project should be replicated across the country. Earlier the Union Minister inspected the facilities in the water project park. CM Khandu during the event launched the ‘Arunachal Jal Sankalp’, a state government dedicated flagship programme to supplement the Jal Jeevan Mission and to sustain the drinking water systems.