Highlights of Swajal Project
- Piloted as a “ By the People – for the People – of the
- The Drinking Water and sanitation ministry will pay 90% of the cost and concerned Panchayat will remain 10%
- The first Pilot will start in Uttrakhand and Rajasthan respectively
The central government will launch six pilot projects for clean drinking water supply in villages under ‘Swajal Project”
It will be extended to all 115 backward districts identified by Niti Aayog. The first two pilots will start in Uttarakhand (this month) and in Rajasthan next month.
Though this seems like a replica of the ‘Swajaldhara’ scheme launched by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, this time there are some improvements. “Local residents will pay a certain water charge for maintenance of the system. At least one village will be brought under the scheme in all 115 identified districts,”
Officials said 90% share of the central government will be paid to the panchayat on the day work starts. “They will procure and lay the system. There will be no contract since the focus is to give complete ownership to people and panchayats,” an official said.
The Pilot Project will start on each in the state Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar & Madhya Pradesh