In another significant step to curb the water issues in the country, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone of rural drinking water supply projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts of Vindhyachal region of Uttar Pradesh on November 22 via video conference. The PM also interacted with Village Water and Sanitation Committee/ Paani Samiti Members during the event. Union Jal Shakti Minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat; Governor, Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel; and Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath were present on the occasion.
The projects will provide household tap water connections in all rural households of 2,995 villages and will benefit about 42 lakh population of these districts. Village Water and Sanitation Committees/ Paani Samiti have been constituted in all these villages, who will shoulder the responsibility of operation and maintenance. The total estimated cost of the projects is Rs 5,555.38 crore. The projects are planned to be completed in 24 months.
The PM said that during the last one and half years from the start of Jal Jeevan Mission more than 2,60,00,000 families have been provided piped drinking water connection to their homes including lakhs of families in Uttar Pradesh as well.
Despite having a lot of resources, Vindhyachal or Bundelkhand regions became regions of deficiencies. In spite of having several rivers, these regions were known as the most thirsty & drought-affected regions and forced many people to migrate from here. Now water scarcity and irrigation issues will be resolved by these projects and it signifies rapid development, added PM Modi.
As per PM Modi, with piped water in Vindhyanchal, the health of children of this region would be improved and their physical and mental development will be better. Self-reliant India gets strength from self-reliant villages, the PM added.
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(With inputs from PIB)