Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of 23 rural piped drinking water projects of Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts of Vindhya region of Uttar Pradesh under the 'Jal Jeevan' Mission on November 22, an official said.
The prime minister will attend the program via video conferencing. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will take part in the event from Karmaon gram panchayat of Chatra development block in Sonbhadra, the official said.
The rural drinking water projects will provide the functional household tap water connections in all the rural households of 2,995 villages and will be benefitting about 42 lakh population of Sonbhadra and Mirzapur districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Village water and sanitation committees have been constituted in all the villages of these districts. They will have the responsibility for maintenance and operation.
The total estimated cost of the water projects is Rs. 5,555.38 crores and they are planned to be completed in 24 months.
The announced rural drinking water projects are part of Jal Jeevan Mission which was announced by PM Modi on August 15, 2019.
Prime Minister Modi in his speech on August 15, 2019, had announced the Jal Jeevan Mission which aimed at providing household tap connections to every rural home of the country by 2024.
At the time of the announcement, out of 18.93 crore households in India, only 3.23 crore had tap water connections which meant that 15.50 crore houses will have to be provided with tap water connections in the next 4 years under the mission.
With effortless work, in the last 15 months, despite the pandemic, 2.63 crore households have been provided with tap water connections and currently, 5.86 crore rural households have water connections.
The total estimated cost of the projects is Rs 5,555.38 Crore. The projects are planned to be completed in 24 months.
Modi launched the Jal Jeevan Mission on August 15, 2019, from the ramparts of Red Fort The project aims to provide functional household tap connections to every rural home of the country by 2024.
At the time of announcement of the mission in August 2019, out of 18.93 Crore rural households, only 3.23 Crore households (17%) had tap water connections, i.e. 15.70 Crore to be provided with tap connections in the next 4 years.