The Union Urban Development Ministry has cleared an Rs 82.18 crore drinking water scheme for the Mandi town and surrounding areas, which will provide 135 litres water per person daily to an estimated population of 68,000 till 2046.

The water will be brought to Mandi from the Uhal River through gravity for which 28-km-long pipeline will be laid from Riagadi village to Mandi.

This is touted as one of the biggest drinking water schemes in the state so far, which will cover Mandi and its surrounding villages included Nela, Chandyana, Kangani, Sanyarad, Manyana, Talyahad, Madwahan, Panjeti, Bijani, Arda, Badi, Sheel Kippad, Chandyara and Chheepanu.