Hyderabad: The Minister for IT, Industries and Municipal Administration, K T Rama Rao, asserted on Tuesday that the implementation of Mission Bhagiratha was open to any kind of scrutiny if the opposition parties, especially the Congress, could come out with evidence on its charges with regard to irregularities.
Tearing into the Congress for its demand for ordering a probe by a House Committee or the Vigilance Commission during a short discussion on Mission Bhagiratha in the Legislative Assembly, he said the State government had taken up the ambitious programme to bring down the burden of diseases on the State, which owed mainly to the causative factor – consumption of contaminated water.
He pointed out that that with all efforts made by the previous governments to address the fluoride problem failing to yield the desired results, heavy price was paid by over 2 lakh people in Nalgonda. The district had ultimately turned into a disaster tourism site. It now faces the risk of turning into a human-less environment if the fluoride problem was left unaddressed for long, he said.
Nalgonda had been the favourite destination for representatives from the UNICEF and other international bodies concerned about the quality of drinking water being provided to the people in the area. He noted that the State was dependent on some 1.5 lakh bore-wells for drinking water. The percentage of bore-wells, which were non-functional, varied from 30 per cent to 60 per cent depending on the season.