Gujarat has successfully implemented the Centre’s Nal Se Jal Yojana in the state as until now 96.5% of the households have been covered under the scheme. In a statement, the government said that of the total 91,77,459 houses, 88,56,438 are receiving water through tap connections. In fact, 100% of households in 16 districts including Anand, Bhavnagar, Botad, Dang, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gandhinagar, Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Kutch, Kheda, Mehsana, Morbi, Patan, Porbandar, Rajkot, and Vadodara are now getting tap water.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Jal Jeevan Mission across the country on 15 August 2019. at the time only 71% of the rural areas in Gujarat had access to tap water and not a single district was covered 100%.
The Jal Jeevan Mission was aimed at providing tap water to 100% of households in the country by 2024. This was meant to improve the standard of living of the citizens, who will have regular access to clean and potable water.
Meanwhile, the statement said that the government is working on providing long-term access to drinking water sources under the Water Life Mission. The government is also working on sustainable resources for future water needs through gray-water management, water conservation, rainwater harvesting, and water reuse.
The statement said that the successful implementation of the scheme, which was led by Rushikesh Patel, Minister of Water Resources & Water Supply, was possible because of the guidance of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel.