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Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, along with the Ministers of State for Finance, Pankaj Chaowdhary and Dr. Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad and senior officials. She presented the Union Budget 2022-23 in New Delhi on February 01, 2022. (Photo Credit: PIB)

  • Har Ghar, Nal Se Jal Scheme: 3.8 crore households to be covered in 2022-23 
  • Rs. 60,000 crores allotted for providing tap water connections
  • Promoting chemical-free natural farming starting with farmers’ lands close to river Ganga
  • Rs. 44, 605 crores allotted for Ken-Betwa river linking project

India: India’s Finance Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, made her Budget speech today in the Parliament. Here are the significant points for the Indian Water Sector…

JAL JEEVAN MISSION

Finance Minister said that the Government has allotted Rs. 60,000 crore for providing water connection to 3.8 crore households during the financial year 2022-23.

She said that 5.5 crore households have been provided tap water connection in the 2 years through ‘Har Ghar Jal’ scheme.

The announcement is expected to benefit Infrastructure Sector, specifically the Pipe Manufacturers. Companies operating in plastic pipes segment can get a major boost with this positive news for drinking water projects.

  • Jal Jeevan Mission was launched in August 2019 to provide safe drinking water to all rural households by 2024. The scheme was extended to urban areas in the previous budget.
  • The tap water scheme now covers around 8.8 crore households in total. In 2019, when the scheme was launched, only 3.23 crore (17%) of 19.22 crore rural households had tap water connections.
  • The Indian government’s target is to cover the remaining 16 crores (83%) households by 2024 (the country will go into elections that year).
RIVER LINKING PROJECTS
  • At an estimated cost of Rs. 44, 605 crores, implementation of Ken-Betwa river linking project will be taken up.
  • This is aimed at providing irrigation benefits to 9.08 lakh hectares of farmers’ lands, and drinking water supply for 63 lakh people.
  • Allocation of Rs. 4300 crore in RE 2021-22 and Rs. 1400 crore in 2022-23 has been made for the above project. 
  • Draft DPR of 5 river links have been finalized; namely Damanganga-Pinja, Krishna Godavri, Krishna-Pennar, Pennar-Cauvery, and Par Tapi-Narmada.
  • Once a consensus is reached among the beneficiary states, the center will provide support for the implementation of these 5 river linking projects.

…more updates to follow.

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