Abhijit Ray, Kolkata.West Bengal’s Sundarbans Development Minister Bankim Hazra launched 16 piped drinking water projects at Rudranagar in Sagar on Friday under the initiative of the Public Health Technical Department of the state government to solve the problem of drinking water in the areas of Sundarban. Sundarbans is a mangrove area in the delta formed by the confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal. It spans the area from the Baleswar River in Bangladesh’s division of Khulna to the Hooghly River in India’s state of West Bengal. Sundarban is famous for its Royal Bengal Tigers.District Magistrate Sumit Gupta, Public Health Technical Department Chief Vastuka Rudra, Kakdwip Sub-Divisional Magistrate Aranya Bandyopadhyay, Gangasagar-Bakkhali Development Board Chairman Shrimant Mali were present. 155 crore will be spent on this project.The project is targeted to be completed by July next year. More than 2 lakh people from 40 thousand families will benefit from this project. This project will be implemented as a joint initiative of the central and state governments. Besides, on this day, the Minister and the Deputy Commissioner laid the foundation stone of Dhablat-Ramakrishna Bridge at Kamalpur in Sagar under the Sundarban-Bakkhali Development Board. Sagar and Monsadwip village will be crossed through this concrete bridge. The work of this bridge will be completed in the next 6 months.Piped drinking water will reach 40,000 households in Sagar block by July next year. Drinking water will not be a problem if this project is implemented. District Magistrate Sumit Gupta said, apart from this project, piped drinking water will reach every school, anganwadi center and hospital in the district by next December. Drinking water mega project is also underway across the district. Our goal is to deliver drinking water to villages in Sundarbans.