In ‘Mega Milestone’ India Connects 80 Million Rural Households to Water Supply in Just 4 Years
India’s Jal Jeevan Mission of tap water access continues to be one of the great, unsung stories of human development.
Almost 79 million households have been provided with access to a tap water connection since the program’s launch in August 2019, bringing the total to 111 million, or 56% of rural households in the nation.
Governance in India is a strange old dance between legislating on behalf of both economic areas similar in net worth to Western Europe and rural areas that are among the poorest in Asia.
The Jal Jeevan Mission hopes to connect every household in the country to public water systems by 2024. The initiative faced disruptions during the pandemic, but from a starting point of just 32.2 million rural households out of a registered 192 million, the program has seen remarkable success.
11 crore tap connections!
The vision of our PM Sh. @narendramodi ji, the relentless pursuit of the goals set out for #JalJeevanMission by the ministry and the effort of our team on ground has made this mega milestone possible. #11CrHarGharJal
— Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (@gssjodhpur) January 25, 2023
That was the union minister of the merged ministries of sanitation and drinking water celebrating the accomplishment after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the ‘mega milestone.’
In 2018, before Jal Jeevan began, just 49.5% of the country had access to safely managed drinking water, lower even than neighboring Bangladesh. The accomplishment becomes all the more remarkable when considering that during the course of Jal Jeevan, India surpassed China as the most populous nation on Earth.
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