Chandigarh, December 3
Chandigarh has added another feather to its cap with the city being awarded two first prizes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for the improvement in water supply services and waste water management and drainage system.

The awards were received by Pardeep Chhabra, mayor, and Roshan Sunkaria, commissioner, Municipal Corporation, from S Jaipal Reddy, union minister for urban development, at New Delhi today.

Chandigarh has the highest per capita quantum of water produced which is 332 litre per capita per day in the country. Chandigarh has 100 per cent coverage to direct water supply connections out of which 78 per cent are metered.

The municipal corporation has also undertaken a project of automation of water supply system under the JNNURM at a cost of over Rs 26 crore for the 24-hour water supply to the city.

Chandigarh is the only city in India which has prepared a concrete action plan to treat its sewage effluent as per the Central Water Pollution Control Board standards before its disposal into natural streams. The coverage of waste water network is 100 per cent in Chandigarh. The corporation is executing a project for the conservation of drinking water by harvesting tertiary treated sewage for irrigation of green spaces of Chandigarh under the JNNURM for a cost of Rs 36.80 crore.

An elated Chhabra told Chandigarh Tribune that these awards would prove to be a morale booster to the corporation which would now be able to serve the residents in a better way. The major development projects, undertaken with the help of funds released with the help of minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal from the central government, would go a long way in improving civic amenities in the city, he added.

Source: Tribune News Service