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Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Inaugurated India’s first solar-based Integrated Multi-Village Water Supply Project in Arunachal Pradesh

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India's first solar-based water supply project launched in Arunachal PradeshOn November 6, 2020 Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of Jal Shakti inaugurated India’s first solar-based Integrated Multi-Village Water Supply Project (IMVWSP) in Lower Dibang Valley district in northeastern Arunachal Pradesh at a cost of Rs 28.50 crore.

  • This project will provide drinking water needs for 39 villages(approximately 17,480 people) in the district.
  • The launch was made in the presence of Chief Minister of the state Pema Khandu.

Aim of the project:

  • To provide drinking water to the people.
  • To promote tourism in the area, which will improve the living standard of the people and thus help to boost the rural economy.

Highlights of the Project:

i.The project is first of kind in the state to use green energy-solar grid, SCADA(Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition)automation system, pre-fabricated zinc alum storage tank and HDPE(High-density polyethylene) conduit for mains, sub-mains and distribution networking system, and also amusement park that include swimming pool, amphi-theatre, fountains, and sit outs.

ii.It is an integrated project with an element of drinking water, green energy and tourism component in it.

Key Info:

i.The Local community’s initiatives helped to make the project sustainable, whereby the Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC) through gram sabha decided to raise the minimum water tariff.

ii.The local villagers have agreed to share the responsibility in management of the assets in the park, to ensure the sustainability of the water project park

Key People

Chowna Mein, States Deputy Chief Minister, State Home Minister Bamang Felix among others were also present on the occasion.

Other Launches

i.During the event, Pema Khandu launched  the ‘Arunachal Jal Sankalp’, a state government dedicated flagship program to supplement the Jal Jeevan Mission(JJM) and to sustain the drinking water systems.

ii.He also launched a dashboard for JJM and the state’s dedicated flagships programme and also launched a dedicated website for Jia project.

Recent Related News:

On 13th October 2020, Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik launched the “Sujal- Drink From Tap mission”, an initiative to enable a 24-hour supply of quality drinking water to all the urban areas of Odisha. Odisha is set to become the first state to provide piped water connection to all urban areas of the state by March 2022.

The Drink From Tap mission was launched in Salia Sahi, Bhubaneswar and Masanichandi, Puri.

About Arunachal Pradesh:

Chief minister– Pema Khandu

Governor– Brigadier (Dr.) B. D. Mishra