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Gujarat Government’s highest priority to provide safe and adequate drinking water to all : Shri Parbatbhai Patel, Gujarat Minister for Water Supply

Gujarat Government’s highest priority  to provide safe and adequate drinking water to all : Shri Parbatbhai Patel, Gujarat Minister for Water Supply
June 14, 2018
Gujarat Government’s highest priority to provide safe and adequate drinking water to all : Shri Parbatbhai Patel, Gujarat Minister for Water Supply

: Press Note :

New Delhi
Date: 14th June, 2018



 

Government of Gujarat
Office of the Resident Commissioner

Gujarat Government’s highest priority  to provide safe and adequate drinking water to all : Shri Parbatbhai Patel, Gujarat Minister for Water Supply More than 12200 villages and 200 urban areas covered through drinking water Grid

   

New Delhi: Gujarat Minister for Water Supply Shri Parbatbhai Patel said that the State Government has accorded highest priority to provide safe and adequate drinking water for all to tackle the challenges of water scarcity.  The Minister further informed  that Water Supply Department had initiated the state wide drinking water supply grid and majority of the work was done after the year 2000.  He added that Narmada water is the major source of this Drinking Water Grid and today, raw water bulk pipelines of more than 2800 Kms have been laid to cater 3000 million liters of water each day.

While speaking at the meeting called by Ministery of Drinking Water and Sanitation chaired by Union Minister Sushree Uma Bharati, he further said that till date state had covered about 12200 villages under State Wide Drinking Water Supply Grid, which is about two third of total villages in the State, also more than 200 Urban areas out of 350 are covered through this drinking water Grid.

He also informed that Chief Minister Shri Vijaybhai Rupani has recently launched a policy for “Reuse of Treated Waste Water” with the vision of reusing treated waste water fully by 2030.

The Minister informed that the State Government organized the Sujlam Suflam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan from 1st May to 31st May for works related for deepening of pond, water bodies, cleaning of rivers and streams. The one month long water conservation and awareness drive was undertaken across the state with large scale public participation.

Addressing meeting, he further said that Water and Sanitation Management Organization, WASMO has done extensive work to motivate the Village Water Committee for execution of In-Village water supply scheme. Till now, 16846 such schemes have been completed and tap connectivity to 71 lakhs rural households is provided through this scheme.  77.5% of Rural Population is covered under house tap connectivity.

The minister also informed that that Gujarat has done extensive work in the sector of Drinking Water Supply and it is still willing to learn good practices and innovative ideas from other States, for which Senior Officers of the Water Supply Department shall visit many States in next few months.

Shri J.P. Gupta, Principal Secretary (Water Supply) and senior officers from Water Supply Board and WASMO also attended the meeting.

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