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Govt launches Nital Baim

Panaji: The State Government on Sunday launched the scheme ‘Nital Goem Nital Baim’ in a bid to provide financial assistance up to Rs 50,000 to repair the existing wells that is only private wells for public use.

Addressing the media, Minister for Water Resources Department (WRD) Vinod Palyekar said “This is a beneficiary oriented programme to benefit the multi-users of a well for drinking or irrigation purposes. This scheme is introduced for repairs and renovation of the existing wells in the State by individuals/groups of individuals and farmers. This scheme is by extending them grant-in-aid in the form of subsidy”

“As per the criteria the owners of well which are registered with the department are entitled for this scheme, a total of Rs 50,000 will be provided per well by the government for the repairs which include construction of parapet, plastering with glazed tile pieces, repairs of electric equipment if necessary, cleaning of well including de-watering” said Chief Engineer of WRD, S T Nadkarni.

He further said that this scheme will prove to be a great success as it will help for private use and irrigation; however he said that this scheme will not be extended to those who use the wells for commercial purpose directly like those of people engaged in supply of water to the commercial establishments.

“Union Ministry of Water Resource will soon formulate a new scheme for springs and through that the state will receive financial grants to develop the natural springs of Goa from where the water flows round the year. Currently we are carrying out a survey to collect the data to find out the total number of springs across the State and I think by next one month we will prepare the list and send it to centre for approval of grants to develop and rejuvenate these springs,” he added (H)

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