Focus on low-cost water projects: Minister

Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader said on Thursday that the focus should be on low-cost and local-specific projects to provide better drinking water and sanitation facilities.

Speaking at the inauguration of the two-day national summit on ‘Sustainable Water and Sanitation’ here in the City, Khader said that instead of making large-scale investments in drinking water and sanitation projects, the State government should go for cost-effective projects that are easy to implement locally.

“We take up projects that run into crores of rupees but do not get the desired result due to various reasons including lack of funding. There have been many cases when projects have been put to a halt half way through due to various issues,” he said, Ravindra, chairman, Smart Cities India Foundation, said that governments are obsessed with large scale projects.

“The government should focus more on rainwater harvesting instead of procuring water from faraway places”, he noted.

The two-day summit would see discussions on various issues related to water and sanitation, including policy reforms, case studies, innovations in waste water treatment, fecal sludge management and so on.

A panel of experts from other countries and across India will take part in the event.

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