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States, local communities must come together to ensure tap water for all

According to government's estimates, some 146 million rural households do not have tap water coverage

Ruchika Chitravanshi & Nivedita Mookerji 

Last December while inaugurating the Atal Bhujal Yojana — a scheme for India’s groundwater resources — Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he understood the pain of water scarcity, having grown up with it in his home state of Gujarat.

He rightly pointed out that the water puzzle in India is a peculiar one, with half the country facing water shortage and the other half the problem of excess. In the face of this twin challenge, Modi also declared detailed guidelines for providing functional household tap connection to the entire country by 2024, which would require tailormade ...

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First Published: Wed, January 29 2020. 23:55 IST
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