Thiruvanthapuram, Aug 3, 2013: Kerala Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (KRWSA) will conduct its southern regional summit in Thodupuzha on Saturday to get the feedback from the beneficiaries of its Jalanidhi project.
The summit will see an interaction of department officials with the representatives of stakeholders - panchayats, supporting non-governmental organisations and beneficiary groups - to review the progress of the work so far, according to KRWSA authorities.
Representatives from selected panchayats of the 112 covered under Phase 1 of the rural water supply project, completed in 2008, will attend the summit.
In addition to this, there will also be representatives from the 22 panchayats including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Ernakulam, which come under Batch 1 of the second phase.
Jalanidhi second phase, which was inaugurated at the beginning of 2012, is to be completed in four batches by 2017, as per data presented by Water Resources Minister P J Joseph in the Assembly.
“The interaction with the people’s bodies, where they share their experiences with Jalanidhi, is the highlight of the summit,” said KRWSA executive director T Bhaskaran.
“This is so we can take stock of the work done in Phase 1 and also of that completed so far in the on-going second phase. There have been some failures in Phase 1, owing to reasons beyond our control such as depleted water sources, which we need to address,” he said.
Saturday’s summit will also see award distributions and felicitation of individuals involved in water conservation, he said.
Water Resources Minister P J Joseph will inaugurate the event at Newman College Auditorium, Thodupuzha. P T Thomas MP, will preside over the function. (Source: Express News Service)