Jaipur: Under the State Government policy to provide topmost priority to drinking water, the work of the first phase of Barmer Lift Drinking Water Project, formulated with the objective of supplying clean drinking water to more than six lakh population of 691 villages of nine tehsils of Barmer and Jaisalmer districts, is in the last stage. Over 196 km. main pipeline has been laid from Mohangarh village of Indira Gandhi Main Canal to Barmer city. Against the sanctioned amount of Rs.688.65 crores under the first phase, Rs.666.51 have been spent upto May, 2012. Proposals worth Rs.979.75 crores for the second phase has been sent to the Government of India for sanction by J.B.I.C. (Japan Bank).
Under the project formulated for supplying water to the estimated 15.64 lakh population of year 2036, 38,450 lakh liter capacity pond has been constructed as per the demand of 21 days with the view to provide drinking water during closure of canal in Mohangarh headworks. Filter plant of 1720 lakh liter capacity for filtering drinking water has been constructed and other related important works completed. Pipeline from 5 feet diameter to 3 feet diameter has been laid upto to the pond constructed from Mohangarh to the back side of Barmer Circuit House. Similarly pumps have been installed in Mohangarh and Bhagu village for 200 meter lift of water to Barmer.
The first phase of the project is mainly for infrastructure development. With the completion of first phase drinking water would be supplied to Barmer city and 74 villages laying in the way, besides the air force campus located at Uttarlai and defence Lab situated at Jaisalmer. The rest of the villages would be benefited in the second phase. The benefited villages include 38 villages of Barmer tehsil, 27 of Shiv and 9 villages of Ramsar tehsil.
In both the phases, 60 villages of Jaisalmer tehsil, 96 of Fatehgarh and 6 villages of Pokaran tehsil in Jaisalmer district are included. Likewise alongwith the Barmer city, 211 villages of Barmer tehsil, 132 of Shiv, 151 of Baytu, 2 of Gudamalani, 3 of Pachpadra and 30 villages of Ramsar would be benefited with clean drinking water supply.
Under the project, the testing work of filtering canal water for supplying it from Mohangarh to Barmer is under progress. Under the work of cleaning of pipeline water has been transported to Jasedar nadi of Barmer city.
In the Barmer city, the work of constructing pond and laying down of pipeline under the Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Project is also under progress. Under the project another scheme costing Rs.202 crores has been sanctioned for 172 villages affected with the unavailability of drinking water in a serious way. Tenders have also been invited for the project.
With the completion the Barmer Lift Drinking Water Project, over 700 villages of Jaisalmer and Barmer districts would be benefited with the clean drinking water supply and over 6 lakh population of the desert area would quench its thirst from Water of Himalayas.