Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of rural drinking water supply projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts of Vindhyachal region of Uttar Pradesh on November 22, 2020 at 11:30 AM via video conferencing. The Prime Minister will also interact with Village Water & Sanitation Committee, Paani Samiti Members during the event. Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has informed.
According to PMO, the projects would 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 and 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.
Jal Jeevan Mission
Announced on August 15, 2019 by the Prime Minister from the ramparts of Red Fort, Jal Jeevan Mission aims to provide functional household tap connections to every rural home of the country by 2024. At the time of announcement of the mission in August, 2019, out of 18.93 crore rural households, only 3.23 crore households (17 percent) had tap water connections, i.e. 15.70 crore to be provided with tap connections in next four years. In the last 15 months, despite COVID-19 pandemic, 2.63 crore households have been provided tap water connections and at present about 5.86 crore (30.67 percent) rural households are having tap drinking water connections.