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Dr. Nupur Bahadur, Senior Fellow & Area Convenor, TADOX® Technology Centre for Water Reuse and
Head, NMCG-TERI CoE on Water Reuse, Water Resources Division, TERI

India: The Union Budget 2022-23 has made a continued effort to boost the Indian Water Sector with funds of the tune of Rs. 60,000 crores allocated for water connection to 3.8 crore households under Jal Jeevan Mission. Such an announcement is expected to benefit the Water Infrastructure sector in a big way, both towards the demand and supply-side management, drinking water projects, the wastewater treatment, and water reuse sectors. This, in another way, also going to boost housing, finance, and land infrastructure substantially.

With the allocation of another grant of Rs. 44, 605 crores for the implementation of the Ken-Betwa river linking project which aims at providing irrigation benefits to 9.08 lakh hectares of farmers’ lands, and drinking water supply for 63 lakh people, the much-awaited river-linking projects see the light of the day.

Another unique feature is the promotion of chemical-free natural farming starting with farmers’ lands close to river Ganga. Such initiatives will also help in ongoing Ganga cleaning and other river cleaning programs.

Thus, the Union Budget has brought in a big boost to both the MSME sector and the Large-scale Industrial sector with a lot of opportunities for employment in both rural and urban sectors.

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