Jaipur, April 26 (H.S.). Public Health Engineering Minister Dr. Mahesh Joshi said that the State Government is serious about solving the drinking water problem of the people living in multi-storey residential buildings in various cities of the State and positive decisions will be taken in this direction. He directed to constitute a committee to make a policy in this regard and to submit its report in a month. Dr. Joshi was addressing a meeting organized in the conference hall of the Secretariat on Tuesday to discuss the policy regarding release of drinking water connections in multi-storey buildings and private townships.

He said that to meet the housing needs of the growing population in cities, the number of multi-storey buildings is increasing. The exercise to formulate a practical policy to meet the drinking water needs of the people living in these buildings has been started and an appropriate decision on the issue will be taken soon. The Minister said that the situation of availability of drinking water in Rajasthan is dire as compared to other states. In such a situation, in view of these circumstances, the policies adopted for providing drinking water to multi-storey buildings in other states will be studied.

In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary Public Health Engineering Dr. Subodh Agrawal said that a circular was issued on November 30, 2016 to provide water connections at the rate of Rs 42 per square feet in multi-storey buildings of Jaipur city. Apart from this, on October 6, 2020, under the Jagatpura-Mahal Road Water Supply Project, a rate of Rs 25 per square feet was fixed for multi-storey buildings in the Jagatpura-Mahal Road area, but its encouraging results were not obtained. At present, one-time payment is proposed for drinking water connection in multi-storey buildings. In the meeting, CREDAI Rajasthan President Dhirendra Madan, Vice President N. Of. Gupta, Secretary of CREDAI Rajasthan Rajendra Singh Shekhawat, Ravindra Pratap Singh, Nagendra Chaudhary of Todar, Sharad Mishra, Ashok Patni and Vijay Jain of RajREDCO and Rohit Saxena, representative of Resident Welfare Association and others, regarding drinking water connection in multi-storey buildings and townships. Made important suggestions. In the meeting, Joint Secretary Public Health Engineering Pratap Singh, Chief Engineer Urban and NRW CM Chouhan, Chief Engineer (Technical) Sandeep Sharma, Chief Engineer (Rural) RK Meena, Chief Engineer (Special Project) Dilip Gaur, Additional Chief Engineer (Urban) Amitabh Sharma and other officials were present.