PM’s ambitious water project to cost Rs 7.88 lakh crore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to provide ...

By Nirbhay Kumar

As per the latest data available with the government, only few states such as Sikkim, Goa, Gujarat, Puducherry and Punjab have more than 50 per cent of households covered with piped water. Sikkim has the highest coverage of 99 per cent followed by Gujarat at 79 per cent. The less covered states are Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Tripura. The Modi 2.0 government has accorded top priority to water and has launched several schemes to ensure water availability across the country as well as its conservation. It has created the new Ministry of Jal Shakti for dealing with all matters related to water in an integrated manner. Various water related schemes, including flood management, Namami Gange and national water conservation plan, are estimated to cost Rs 3.64 lakh crore over the next five years.