Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of rural drinking water supply projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts of Vindhyachal region of Uttar Pradesh on November 22 at 11:30 AM via video conferencing.
The Prime Minister will also interact with Village Water & Sanitation Committee/ Paani Samiti Members during the event. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion.
The projects 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.
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 next 4 years.
According to data provided by the government, 2.63 crore households have been given tap water connections and at present about 5.86 crore (30.67%) rural households are having tap water connections.