22 Rajasthan cities reeling under water crisis even as projects wait to take off
Jaipur: Chief minister and public health engineering department minister (PHED) might have launched new water projects ahead of elections in state, 22 cities are still reeling under water crisis.
A few projects started years ago are still incomplete. For instance, Chambal Sawai Madhopur Nandoti project was started in 2005. Eight years have elapsed, but it hasn’t moved an inch, while the water supply projects under PPP in Udaipur and Ajmer have also failed to kickoff.
Moreover, the projects started years ago failed to quench the thirst of people.
Chief minister’s home district doesn’t paint a rosy picture when it comes to water supply where people depend on tankers as pumps used to lift water from Rajiv Gandhi Lift Canal have failed.
“There are no tankers in Shergarh. People have been calling tankers but all pleas for water fall on deaf ears. The pumps are unable to draw water from the canal making life of people difficult,” said Babu Singh Rathore, a local MLA.
In rural Barmer, people claim Pokhran lift project, started in 2001, is yet to provide water to residents of Barmer and nearby areas. While Barmer lift project is for the benefit of the urban areas and rural areas are still not getting any water. “The officials refuse to say anything. Barmer is reeling under severe water crisis,” a senior leader from Barmer told dna.
Villagers are at the mercy of PHED, which claims to supply water by tankers.
PHED officials said since April, 841 new hand-pumps and 1,350 single-phase connection bore-wells have been constructed to provide water while 1,930 tanker trips daily are being made to provide water. “In the last two months, 2,522 new hand-pumps, bore-wells and taps have been installed to provide water in the state,” said Ramraj Meena chief engineer, PHED.