New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore will be spent under the Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water to all households. In his Independence Day address, Modi said half of the country's households do not have piped water facility.
Modi said in the last 70 years, different governments at the Centre as well as the state level worked at their own level but the reality is nearly half of the households in the country do not have access to drinking water.
He said people, especially women, have to walk miles to get drinking water.He said all efforts will be done to conserve water and rejuvenate water bodies.
Modi said for water conservation, efforts need to quadruple in the next five years as to what was done in the last seven decades.
The government has resolved to provide piped water to all households by 2024. It has clubbed all erstwhile water related ministries under one new Jal Shakti Ministry.
Quoting Jain monk Buddhi Sagar, Modi said, some 100 years ago, had predicted that water would be sold in grocery shops and today people buy water from such shops.
Seeking cooperation from the people Prime Minister said that the Jal Jeevan Mission should not be a government initiative alone. Just like Swachch India Mission, this should also be a mission of the people.