The Kyrgyz government plans to lay on a drinking water supply system in 653 villages, which requires about $ 432 mln, Deputy Prime Minister, Daiyr Kenekeev said at a meeting of the parliamentary faction Respublika Ata Jurt, Kabar reports.
Concerning the issue of providing drinking water in the regions, Kenekeev stressed that in 267 out of 1813 villages, water pipes were laid on back in 1950-1960 and in 386 villages there is no water supply system at all.
"In order to provide the population with drinking water, the Government has adopted a Strategy for Development of Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Systems in the populated localities of the Kyrgyz Republic until 2026," Kenekeev stressed.
The special report of the Ombudsman Institute says that currently about 1 mln people do not have access to clean drinking water in Kyrgyzstan. This is taking into consideration the fact that Kyrgyzstan is one of the richest countries in water resources of post-Soviet Central Asia.
Earlier, Deputy Parhat Tulendybayev at a meeting of the Parliament said that 725 villages still do not have access to clean drinking water in Kyrgyzstan.