UP CM to launch ‘piped water for all homes’ project in Bundelkhand, big relief for parched villages

According to the government spokesman, 7 districts of Bundelkhand and 2 districts of Vindhyachal regions will be covered by this project in the first phase at a cost of Rs 2,185 crore.

Written by June 29, 2020 20:27

New Delhi: People living in Bundelkhand and Vindhyachal regions of Uttar Pradesh, which are among the most water-scarce areas in the country, may get piped water very soon.

Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will launch ”Har Ghar Jal” (piped water to every house) campaign at Bundelkhand on Tuesday. According to the government spokesman, 7 districts of Bundelkhand and 2 districts of Vindhyachal regions will be covered by this project in the first phase at a cost of Rs 2,185 crore. A population of 14 lakh in Mahoba, Lalitpur and Jhansi will benefit from it.

The project is linked to the ”Jal Jeevan Mission”, estimated to cost Rs 10,131 crore.

“On the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the chief minister had asked officials to ensure every house gets piped water facility, especially in regions where groundwater is contaminated with fluoride and arsenic,” the spokesman added.

Ambitious project to quench thirst of parched villages

Bundelkhand is among the most water scarce regions of the state, with ground water much below that usual.

UP govt will first roll out the project in the districts of Jhansi, Banda, Chitrakoot, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Lalitpur and Mohaba in Bundelkhand and Sonbhadra and Mirzapur in Vindhya region, and later will expand this to the arsenic/ fluoride and acute encephalitis (AES) affected districts where lack of clean drinking water leads to deaths.

Water table has shrunk significantly in these areas bordering Madhya Pradesh and people are forced to walk miles to get a pitcher of water.