Water, electricity credits up by 30%

Hamedan, Dec 11, IRNA – Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian Thursday said water and electricity credits in the next year budget enjoy an increase of 30% as compared to the sum for the current year.
Chitchian, speaking at a local gathering, pointed to the proposed 73 thousand billion rials credit for water and electricity in the next year budget bill.

He said the main orientation of the budget in the field of water and electricity industry is toward productivity, protection and maintenance of water resources, adding that the proposed budget has a special outlook towards groundwater resources.

The minister said that in previous budgets resources were normally allocated to structural projects but this year in addition to increase in structural projects special attention has been paid to productivity and protection projects for water installations.

He referred to completion of semi-finished projects as a priority of the next year budget and said another priority of the budget is allocation of credits for implementation and completion of projects approved during visits by the Supreme Leader and the president.

Chitchian noted that despite 90 semi-finished water supplying rural complexes and lack of water in many villages, the credit for completion of the project with 100% increase has reached 4 thousand billion rials while the real need in this section is about 40 thousand billion rials.

Elsewhere in his remarks he referred to the dam building industry and said the policy of the Energy Ministry in addition to the dam building industry is increase of productivity of rainwater.

Also on Thursday, the minister accompanied by his deputies, governor general of Mazandaran province and provincial Majlis representatives made an inspection tour of the largest reservoir dam in the country in the city of Amol, Mazandaran Province.

Building of Haraz reservoir dam was started in 1387 (2008) and so far has made a progress of 23%. It is 24 km from the city of Amol.

Haraz dam as the largest reservoir dam in Iran has a capacity of over 650 million cubic meters of water and through its operation about 100 thousand hectares of agricultural land and drinking water of 1.2 million people of provincial cities will be maintained.



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