Puri, Sep 12: Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat today urged the state delegates and NGOs working on Climate change to work seriously on the water table going down alarmingly.
Inaugurating a two day regional conference on Jal Jeevan mission here, Mr Shekhawat said about 72 per cent population had been deprived of pipe water in the country.
The underground water table, he said has gone down mainly due to the climate change and urged the participating state delegates and NGOs to work on this field seriously.
The union minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the observance of 73rd independence day announced had announced Jal Jeevan mission with an aim to make available functional household tap drinking water connection to 14.60 crore rural households by 2024.
The union government, he claimed in partnership with state governments would work to further this goal and accordingly sensitization of all the stakeholders through regional level workshops were being organised.
Odisha Panchayati Raj and Drinking water minister Pratap Jena said Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had launched Vasudha yojna to provide drinking water to rural populace.
He said till date about 43 per cent of the total state population had been provided with drinking water.
Odisha, he said required over Rs 3,000 crore to carry out the yojna but only Rs 300 crores has been made available for the scheme from the centre.
Mr Jena said efforts were on to renovate old water bodies and to preserve Puri underground sweet water zone and to lay an effective drainage and sewer system for Puri besides linking the rivers.
Apart from leading NGOs, delegates from Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Andaman and Nicobar islands are participating in the workshop. (UNI)