LUCKNOW: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday applauded the government of Uttar Pradesh (UP) for providing access to clean water in many parts of Bundelkhand and Vindhya regions through tap water in each household (“Har Ghar Jal”), as part of the Mission Jal Jeevan program.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also tweeted the reference made by the Prime Minister.
During the inauguration of the Bundelkhand highway in Jalaun, Modi said that this Jal Jeevan mission has played an important role in accelerating the pace of development in the state.
He also listed various dam projects and talked about efforts to ensure that the water in the river benefits most people.
“Our government is constantly working to provide running water to all households in Bundelkhand. As part of this mission, water connections have been provided to thousands of families in the area and my mothers and sisters have benefited immensely,” said Modi.
BJP leaders said the Jal Shakti ministry is trying to ensure that by 2024 (the time when Lok Sabha elections are scheduled) running water will reach the unreached.
“We are constantly trying to ensure that the water from the river reaches as many people as possible in the Bundelkhand and Ratoli dam project, Bhavani dam project and Mazgaon Jilli sprinkler irrigation project are the result of these efforts,” the prime minister said, adding that a huge sum of money had been sanctioned for the Ken-Betwa link project.
“These projects will change the lives of a large part of Bundelkhand,” he said.
Modi also touched on plans to develop Amrit Sarovars across the country and said that in Bundelkhand too these would be built.
“No less than 75 Amrit Sarovars will be built in every district of Bundelkhand. A lot of work is being done for future generations for water security,” he added.
He said irrigation facilities left unfinished for decades were being completed.
“Many small and big dams are being built, so that the life of the poor and the farmers will become easy,” he added.