The countdown for piped water supply has started in the villages of Bundelkhand region as the state government has almost completed the work of laying the main line for water supply under ‘Har Ghar Nal’ Yojana, one of the most ambitious projects of the government which is set to change the face of Bundelkhand that has been facing water crisis for many decades.
Starting from the last week of November, households of Bundelkhand will have water supply connections. The Namami Gange and Rural Water Supply department are going to start a trial run of water supply in the villages of Bundelkhand and in all probability, the state government will start a door-to-door supply of drinking water in thousands of villages of the region from December. Under Jal Jeevan Mission, Har Ghar Nal Yojana will be on the ground six months ahead of schedule.
"Piped water supply is set to start in the villages of Jalaun, Hamirpur, Banda, Mahoba and Lalitpur districts. Instructions have been given to expedite the work after reviewing preparations. Work is going at rapid pace on a total of 467 piped drinking water schemes in 32 projects. Under Har Ghar Nal Yojana, more than 11.95 lakh households of Bundelkhand will be supplied with pure water. Nearly 70 per cent work of water treatment plants in various districts of Bundelkhand, including Jhansi and Mahoba, has been completed. Now, the department is preparing to start water supply in the villages from coming December. The supply of clean drinking water will save the people of the area from diseases and also do away with the decade-old problem of unavailability of water," said Principal Secretary (Namami Gange) Anurag Srivastava.
Under Jal Jeevan Mission in Bundelkhand region, a total of 467 piped drinking water schemes are being implemented in 32 projects at a rapid pace. Of these, 43 are surface water-based schemes and 424 are groundwater-based. Through these schemes, arrangements will be made for 11,95,265 functional home water connections for a total population of 72,68,705 of 3823 revenue villages. These projects will benefit 40 tehsils, 68 development blocks and 2,608 gram panchayats in seven districts of Bundelkhand region.