Lucknow, 25 September: Over 11 lakh rural families of the state will no longer have to bring drinking water from far away. They have started getting pure drinking water in their homes. Namami Gange, Rural Drinking Water Supply Department has started water supply to 10 lakh 89 thousand 844 houses in more than five thousand villages of the state.
Water connections have been made in these houses. At present, water is being supplied through taps in five thousand villages of the state. Along with this, under the Jal Jeevan Mission, the department is busy finalizing the plan to connect thousands of villages of Bundelkhand and Vindhya region with water supply from December.
Meanwhile, Rural Drinking Water Supply Department is busy in implementing the scheme of supply of pure drinking water through pipes in the rural areas of the state. The government is also supplying water by running those schemes afresh which were left incomplete in the previous governments.
The state government has started water supply in these villages of 65 districts through 1906 schemes. A total of 10 lakh 89 thousand 844 houses are being supplied water through these schemes started from 2017.
In the door-to-door water supply campaign, special emphasis is being given to those districts where villagers were struggling a lot for drinking water. The state government has started supplying water to these villages on priority basis. Such areas are also in the priority of the government where people were getting sick due to drinking contaminated water.
There are 92 thousand 358 in Muzaffar Nagar, 78 thousand 657 in Kushinagar, 14 thousand 553 in Kannauj, 45 thousand 363 in Gorakhpur, 32 thousand 865 in Deoria. The state government has also started water supply by repairing those schemes which were left incomplete in the previous governments. Water supply was not being started from many schemes despite their completion before 2017.
However, after repairing these schemes, the officials of the Rural Drinking Water Supply Department have started supplying water to the villages. On drinking water schemes, the state government spent 1033.11 crores in the year 2017-18, 1192.54 crores in the year 2018-19 and Rs 1058.00 crores in the year 2019-20.
Principal Secretary Namami Gange Anurag Srivastava said that the goal of the government is to supply pure drinking water from door to door in rural areas. We are working fast on that. Villages are being connected with water supply. Along with new schemes, old schemes are also being repaired and water is being supplied from house to house. In the next few days, under the Jal Jeevan Mission, we are going to connect the villages of Bundelkhand and Vindhya with water supply. The preparations for this are in the final stages.