Water supply and sanitation get a boost in Karnataka
By A Business Correspondent
Local bodies and beneficiaries are willing to wholly finance the operations and maintenance of the services provided under the Second Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Sanitation project. This would entail a total investment of $10.1 million by the local government and $11 million by the local communities.
The project, to be implemented in 11 districts of northern Karnataka, covers rain-fed and mostly arid regions of the state. It would provide the rural communities increased access to improved and sustainable drinking water and sanitation. Of the total project cost of $193.4 million, the World Bank will provide $151.6 million with the state government providing $20.7 million.
In addition, taking on additional responsibility, the gram panchayats will plan, procure, construct, operate and maintain the facilities and manage the investment funds. They will in turn empower user groups like the village water and sanitation committees to peform these services at a micro level.