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lapang calls for conserving drinking water in the state
Correspondent TURA, AUG 19:
Published on 20 Aug. 2009 12:11 AM IST
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Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang on Tuesday stressed the need to conserve catchment areas to prevent water sources from drying up in the wake of shortage of drinking water in the state. “We must the conserve our catchment areas and stop wanton felling of trees to prevent the water from drying up,” Lapang said, while inaugurating the Tura Phase-III Water Supply Scheme at Tura in state’s West Garo Hills district. The third scheme would cater the need of about 87000 populations covering the whole New Tura town through 10 reservoirs. Eulogizing the Public Health Engineering department for its efforts to provide safe drinking water to the people, the Chief Minister admitted that water scarcity in many places has become a major concern which he attributed to wanton felling of trees. Lapang, however, suggested the PHE department to focus on harvesting and conservation of water besides providing safe drinking water to the people. Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma also stressed the need on convergence of schemes with different departments to link up with conservation of water.

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