Water is a basic requirement for all of us and we cannot imagine our life without water, But some of the villages of Madhya Pradesh are facing a water crisis. Not only people but aquatic animals are dying due to the water crisis. The villages are managing to get water from the rivers and wells. Women have to cover a minimum distance of 5-7 km to fulfil their basic requirement of water. But the situation becomes worse in summer when the river and wells dry. Some of the villages have made a tag for their villages demanding for ‘water problem free village’.
8,536 villages are facing water tap problems. Around 4,000 villages face acute drought. 40 rivers that provide water to these villages have gone dried. Most parts of Madhya Pradesh have experienced 20-50% deficient rainfall for the past two years. There is only 19 per cent of the household in the state have a private latrine linked through wastewater drainage.
These villages not only face the water problem but may also suffer from no proper education institutions, hospitals, transport systems and diseases that spread due to unhygienic conditions. The sarpanch of the villages has complained to the district panchayat but no response has been taken to the problems.
Villages enduring Water Problem
Tikamgarh district in the Bundelkhand region, Alirajpur district in the Malwa region, Chhindwara where 145 villages facing the problem. Other 2,000 villages like Jhabua, Rewa, Rajgarh, Dewas, Chhatarpur, Sagar, Seoni, Neemuch, Mandla, Damoh, Shivpuri districts, Daulat Ganj, Kheta Khedi and Gud Bheli under Ratlam district and Mawasi in Majhgawan block of Satna are affected. The capital of Madhya Pradesh is Bhopal. Which is also called the city of lakes is also declaring it a low water-availability zone. The main source of drinking water is Upper Lake in Bhopal. The schemes launched by the central government and state governments have failed to solve their problem.
Burhanpur has become the first district in MP to get a tap water connection under the Jal Jeevan mission. This scheme was implemented in the district, which is 325 km away from Bhopal, with an estimated cost of over Rs 129 lakh under the Jal Jeevan Mission. A total of 3151 villages in Madhya Pradesh have already got tap water.
The state has promised to complete the Jal Jeevan Mission of PM Narendra Modi in 2023 instead of the planned year 2024. The government has assured that under this scheme every rural area will get a tap water facility.