LUCKNOW: To put an end to scarcity of water in parched Bundelkhand region, chief minister Yogi Adityanath will launch the first phase of Jal Jivan Mission in Jhansi on Tuesday.
The mission, linked with the Prime Minister’s Har Ghar Jal (water to every house) Scheme, will ensure piped water supply to 67 lakh people across Bundelkhand at a cost of about Rs 10,131 crore.
The project will be rolled out in four phases, starting with Bundelkhand region.
On Tuesday, the CM will launch schemes meant for three out of the seven districts in the region – Jhansi, Mahoba and Lalitpur.
The region has been facing scarcity of water for years and witnesses annual droughts. The consultant appointed by the government has prepared a detailed project report for 43 different schemes that entail supply of surface water, and in some cases groundwater, to all villages.
The remaining four districts – Jalaun, Hamirpur, Banda and Chitrakoot – will be subsequently covered under the scheme. There are 4,513 revenue villages in seven districts of Bundelkhand of which 891 are already covered by water supply schemes. Jal Jivan Mission will target the remaining 3,622 villages with a population of 67 lakh. The government will start 479 schemes for the area.
“For Jhansi, 10 surface water schemes will be rolled out at an approximate cost of Rs 1,627 crore which will benefit 11,42,249 people in 644 villages,” an official said.
In Lalitpur, the government will implement 16 surface water and 12 ground water schemes which will benefit 9,87,689 people in 559 villages and cost Rs 1,623.47 crore. In Mahoba, schemes worth Rs 1,219.74 crore will be implemented in 364 villages and benefit 6,68,660 people.
In the second phase of the scheme, the government will launch projects in Vindhyachal, while in the third phase, areas affected by Japanese encephalitis (JE) and Acute encephalitis syndrome (AES). In the final phase, piped water will be extended to villages along the Ganga where supply has pollutants like arsenic and fluoride.
The project implementation will be monitored by Jal Shakti department and the implementing agency will be responsible for maintenance of all the schemes for 10 years.
Source: Times of India