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Plan ready for Jaipur’s water needs till 2052: Rajasthan minister

The BJP government has chalked out an integrated plan to meet Jaipur’s drinking water needs till 2052, industry minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said on Thursday

jaipur Updated: May 31, 2018 22:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Rajasthan,Jaipur,Water needs
Rajasthan industry minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said the government has adopted an integrated approach to create a water grid and overcome water shortage that has plagued the state for decades.(HT Photo)

The BJP government has chalked out an integrated plan to meet Jaipur’s drinking water needs till 2052, industry minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said on Thursday even as people are protesting against water scarcity in Rajasthan.

Shekhawat said the government has adopted an integrated approach to create a water grid and overcome water shortage that has plagued the state for decades.

“We have factored in the population growth, expansion, requirement of Jaipur till 2052 and undertaken an integrated augmentation programme to meet the city’s drinking water needs till 2052,” Shekhawat said at a press conference here.

“To solve the water deficit problem we are diverting water from the Brahmani river to Banas river to feed Bisalpur. This will make available an additional 411 million cubic metre water and the height of Bisalpur dam will be raised by one metre to store the additional water,” he said.

“But this will not be enough to meet the city’s water requirement till 2052. So we have started augmentation of the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project. In this we will divert water from the water-surplus basin to the deficit basin which will meet the city’s drinking water requirement and also the water requirement for the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.”

Through ERCP, an additional 652 mcm water will be available for Bisalpur and this in addition to water from the Brahmani river will be adequate to meet the city’s drinking water requirement till 2052, he said.

Currently, he said, the government is providing 49.3 crore litre water from Bisalpur and an additional 7 crore litre from tubewells to Jaipur per day. This is in contrast to the 35 crore litre water being provided in 2013 by the Congress government, he said.

The government has also increased the capacity of the Surajpur filter plant and an additional 20 crore litre will be filtered and distributed to areas, such as Prithviraj Nagar, Kho Nagoriyan, Jagatpura, Jamdoli, Govindpura and Newaru Road, he said. “Water will be available to these areas in 24 months.”

Shekhawat highlighted the positive outcome of the Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan.

“The chief minister launched MJSA not as a government scheme but as a campaign in which people from all walks of life contributed because we all need to be involved in tackling water scarcity,” he said.

Outlining the achievements of MJSA, he said prior to the campaign, of the 264 blocks, 193 were over-exploited, 25 critical, 20 semi-critical, 24 safe and 2 saline. “After MJSA, the number of critical blocks is down to 10 from 25, safe block are up to 25 from 24,” he said.

First Published: May 31, 2018 22:05 IST