Public Health Engineering Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen has urged the Union Government that instead of solution to drinking water arrangements by installing hand pumps, the Union Government should extend assistance in making water available through piped water schemes based on surface water in the rural areas. By doing so, drinking water demand in the rural areas can be met for a long time. Shri Bisen was speaking at a meeting of states’ Rural Development and Drinking Water Ministers at New Delhi recently. The Union Minister for Rural Development and Drinking Water Shri Jairam Ramesh presided over.
Minister Shri Bisen informed that the State Government has constituted Madhya Pradesh Water Corporation for surface water-based rural drinking water scheme on the instructions of the Union Government. The meeting was informed that the Union Government will provide Rs. 38 crore for installing solar energy-run submersible pumps in 735 villages of Madhya Pradesh. Shri Bisen informed the meeting that drinking water is being made available to villagers during summer through 9,800 rural piped water schemes. Seventeen multipurpose drinking water schemes are being implemented in several villages of Madhya Pradesh. These schemes have been chalked out by including many villages.
The Public Health Engineering Minister Shri Bisen also urged the Union Government the assistance provided by it for drinking water schemes should be increased from 50 percent to 75 percent.