Prime Minister Modi lays the foundation stone of rural drinking water projects in UP

Prime Minister Modi underlined that it's been over a year since the 'Har Ghar Jal' Scheme and over 2.60 crore families have been provided access to clean drinking water through taps at their homes.

Created On: Nov 22, 2020 14:58 ISTModified On: Nov 22, 2020 14:58 IST
Rural household water projects

Prime Minister Modi on November 22, 2020, laid the foundation stone of rural drinking water projects via video conferencing in Sonbhadra and Mirzapur districts in Vindhyachal, Uttar Pradesh. During the event, Prime Minister also interacted with the village water and sanitation committee members.

The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath was also present at the event. In his address, he stated that in 70 years drinking water supply projects can be regulated only in 398 villages in the Vindhya region. He continued that today, the government will take forward such projects in over 3,000 villages of the region.

Region neglected most after Independence:

Prime Minister Modi while laying the foundation stone of water projects in Sonbhadra and Mirzapur districts, commented on the previous administration of the Uttar Pradesh government and stated that if there is any region that is neglected the most after independence, then it is this region. 

Talking about the problem of migration, PM Modi noted that be it Bundelkhand or Vindhyachal, despite having resources, these regions have become the regions of deficiencies. In spite of having several rivers, these regions came to be the most drought-affected and thirsty regions because of which many people are forced to migrate from here. 

Clean drinking water through 'Har Ghar Jal' Scheme:

Prime Minister Modi underlined that it's been over a year since the 'Har Ghar Jal' Scheme and over 2.60 crore families have been provided access to clean drinking water through taps at their homes. He continued that these projects that are started in UP regions will further speed up the mission of the scheme.

Rural drinking water projects in UP: Key Highlights

The rural drinking water projects will provide the functional household tap water connections in all the rural households of 2,995 villages and will be benefitting about 42 lakh population of Sonbhadra and Mirzapur districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Village water and sanitation committees have been constituted in all the villages of these districts. They will have the responsibility for maintenance and operation.

The total estimated cost of the water projects is Rs. 5,555.38 crores and they are planned to be completed in 24 months.

The announced rural drinking water projects are part of Jal Jeevan Mission which was announced by PM Modi on August 15, 2019.

Development under Jal Jeevan Mission:

Prime Minister Modi in his speech on August 15, 2019, had announced the Jal Jeevan Mission which aimed at providing household tap connections to every rural home of the country by 2024.

At the time of the announcement, out of 18.93 crore households in India, only 3.23 crore had tap water connections which meant that 15.50 crore houses will have to be provided with tap water connections in the next 4 years under the mission.

With effortless work, in the last 15 months, despite the pandemic, 2.63 crore households have been provided with tap water connections and currently, 5.86 crore rural households have water connections.

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