Mumbai: In a recent development, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat committed to providing clean drinking water to every household by the year 2024.
“We are working with commitment to make available clean drinking water in every house by 2024, it is our priority,” Shekhawat said in a dialogue in Delhi.
He also underlined that the availability of water is a matter of concern for the whole world and India.
“We have the largest human population and livestock population and per capita availability of water is less. The per capita availability of water that we had in 1950 has reduced considerably and is about one-third of that amount whereas the population has become three times. From 5000 liter per capita water availability that we had then, it is nearly 1400 per capita now,” Shekhawat added.
He also stated that providing water for every household was one of BJP’s poll promises and added that the party will work towards fulfilling it.
“There are over 14 crores such household where we have to provide water,” he said.
It should be noted that the Ministry of Water Resources has recently been made in the second term of the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was created by reorganizing the earlier water resources, river development, and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry, which was organized by Nitin Gadkari in the previous government. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has also been added to it.
Every year from April to July, water conditions in at least eight states of the country are usually very serious. The Center recently issued a drought advisory to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, which is asking them to use water in the coming weeks, because the storage of water in dams to a critical level has fallen.
BJP’s manifesto had also promised to set up a unified Ministry of Water to end the water woes in the country.
(With ANI Inputs)