Government would reach drinking water across the country: Minister Singh

Kathmandu, May 22: Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Prem Bahadur Singh has said that there was huge shortage of drinking water in the country as result of last year’s earthquake and the ongoing dry season.

Speaking at the meeting of the Environment Committee under the Legislature-Parliament today, Minister Singh added that the government was aware of using all kinds of alternatives to resolve the shortage in the drinking water supply.

He shared that the government was preparing to allocate additional Rs 6.5 billion for the development of the drinking water and sanitation in the upcoming budget. He added that the government was planning to supply pure drinking water in worst quake-hit districts and the districts witnessing arsenic problems in Tarai.

Minister Singh claimed that the government would reach drinking water facility across the country at the basic level by two years as the constitution has guaranteed the people’s right to access pure drinking water. Similarly, he added that the government was developing a plan to launch special pumping system in Tansen, Halesi and Surkhet districts. RSS