Jal Jeevan Mission: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of rural drinking water supply projects in the Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts of the Vindhyachal region of Uttar Pradesh via video conference. PM Modi 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 during the occasion.
The rural drinking water supply projects, for which the foundation stones were laid by PM Narendra Modi 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.
Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi said during the last one and half years from the start of Jal Jeevan Mission more than 2 crores 60 lakh families have been provided piped drinking water connection to their homes including lakhs of families in Uttar Pradesh as well.
He added under the Jal Jeevan Mission, the life of our mothers and sisters is getting easier due to easy water access at the comfort of their homes. He said a major benefit of this has also been a reduction of many diseases like cholera, typhoid, encephalitis caused by dirty water of the poor families.
The Prime Minister lamented that despite having a lot of resources, Vindhyachal or Bundelkhand regions became regions of deficiencies. He added, 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.