Rs 11 cr. scheme for Udhampur
Thirteen water supply schemes are currently under implementation in Udhampur district of Punjab. Of this six schemes are in Udhampur division, five in Reasi and two in Mohre divisions. The state government has already spent Rs 9 crore out of the total estimated expenditure of Rs 11 crore. Last year, the government had spent Rs 4.77 crore on eight water schemes in the district. The government is also implementing two schemes for improvement and augmentation of water supply in Udhampur town and Garhi-Rehamble. The project is estimated to cost Rs 19 crore, as against Rs 2.16 crore spent on these schemes last year. A Rs 6 crore water supply scheme for Katra town has also been taken up.
JBIC to fund Kerala water project
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation has agreed to fund the Kerala water project. The state government will soon issue a global tender for the appointment of consultants for the drinking water project. The appointment of the consultant was earlier delayed due to allegations of corruption.
Water for all by 2004
As per Central government statistics, up to the end of November 2001, 87.89 per cent habitations in the country have access to adequate water (fully covered) with 40 litres per capita per day. About 10.85 per cent are partially covered and remaining about 20,000 habitations are still not covered habitations. During the first two years of the 10th Five-Year Plan, those who are partially covered and those who are not covered with adequate water supply would be provided with adequate water supply.
Latest assessment by CWC
According to latest assessments made by the Central Water Commission, the average annual water availability in the river-systems of the country is assessed at 1,869 billion cubic metres (BCM). Based on the 2001 population census, per capita availability of water is 1,820 cubic metres per year on a national level. However, due to the spatial variability of rain in the country and also because of variation in population density, per capita average annual availability of water in different basins presently varies from 16,990 cubic metres to 13,636 cubic metres.