Goa, under the central government’s Swajal scheme, will be able to provide its villages with piped water supply powered by solar energy.
The scheme will also provide training to rural technicians for operation and maintenance of Swajal units.
Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti on Thursday announced Swajal scheme for 115 aspirational districts of the country including both the districts of Goa. The scheme involves national outlay of Rs 700 crore through flexible funds under the existing National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) budget.
A national consultation on the National Rural Drinking Water Programme and Swajal scheme was held in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss the reforms needed in NRDWP and to outline a road map for the Swajal scheme.
The consultation was chaired by the Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation. The Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ramesh Jigajinagi was also present.
Ministers in charge of drinking water from 13 states including Goa Minister for Public Works Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar attended the consultation and gave their views on the reforms needed in the ongoing centrally-sponsored drinking water schemes being implemented in the respective states.