Yogi Adityanath promises running water for every rural home; asks officers to surrender or face consequences

LUCKNOW: the chief minister on Wednesday offered the possibility of running water for each rural home in the state within two years, while warning officials about serious consequences, including jail, if they do not do their job. Addressing the district magistrates through a videoconference, he referred to complaints received during a review of Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam, the state body that deals with water supply and sewerage.

He said that FIRs should be presented against those who do not do their job correctly and should be sent to jail, according to a press release.

He could also seize its properties, he added.

The chief minister also expressed his distaste for the slow pace of work on the Namami Gange project, a central government mission to cleanse and rejuvenate the Ganga.

The video conference followed its meeting here with the Minister of the Union Jal Shakti Gajendra singh Shekhawat.

Adityanath said the state government has already started working on the running water program.

With the help of the Center, each rural home in Uttar Pradesh will get water through an oil pipeline within two years, according to the press release of the chief minister.

In an apparent reference to officials involved with water supply projects, he said they should make a habit of making quick decisions.

If someone is not able to make decisions, they must appoint a person capable of replacing the official, he said.

Adityanath asked the DMs to correct the responsibility of the gram panchayats to repair the hand pumps and ensure the supply of drinking water.

He said Jal Nigam's work should be divided into urban and rural areas for better implementation.

The Chief Minister said that the village ponds are an effective means of water conservation and that the state government is working on them with the help of the khet-talab.

Expressing his displeasure at the implementation of the Namami Gange project, he said that the DMs should work in a planned manner in District 25 located near the bank of the Ganga River.

It is true that any work related to the Ganga that has been done so far is not what was expected. Sincere efforts are required in this direction, he said.

He added that the chief secretary must set the deadlines for the completion of the project and also monitor its progress.

Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra singh Shekhawat appreciated the work done by the Adityanath under, the release said.