Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Rural Development
23-November-2010 15:36 IST
Access to Safe Drinking Water to All
The Minister of State for for Rural Development Ms. Agatha Sangma today informed the Rajya Sabha that as on 1.4.2010, under Bharat Nirman there were 376 uncovered and 1,44,064 quality affected habitations totaling 1,44,440 habitations left to be covered. As per data reported by the States, as on 15.11.2010, on the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS), 147 uncovered and 6,533 habitations totaling 6,680 habitations have been covered. The remaining 1,37,760 habitations are targeted to be covered with access to safe drinking water by the end of Bharat Nirman Phase II.

As per National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) policy, State Governments can adopt dual water supply by providing 10 lpcd of safe drinking water for drinking and cooking purposes in water quality affected habitations which inter-alia include providing community based water purifying systems and supply the remaining requirement from other nearby sources.

The country has achieved the UN Millennium Development Goal with regard to providing access to safe drinking water in rural areas.

The Minister was replying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today.