Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has said that two hundred seventy six Jal Shakti Kendras have been set up in various States and UTs so far including the districts of Kolhapur, Sangli, Ahmednagar, Thane, Jalgaon and Nadurbar in Maharashtra. Mr Shekhawat said, all the State Governments including Maharashtra have been requested to set up Jal Shakti Kendras in every district headquarters as a part of the campaign Jal Shakti Kendras (JSK) are to act as knowledge centres for disseminating information related to water conservation.
Replying to questions in the Lok Sabha, Mr Shekhawat said, Union Government in partnership with states is implementing Jal Jeevan Mission-Har Ghar Jal which aims at providing potable water in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality on regular and long term basis to every rural household through tap water connection by 2024. He said, this scheme has an estimated outlay of 3.60 lakh crore rupees. The Minister also said, under the World Bank-assisted Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project new technologies and innovations were utilized for dam rehabilitation and repairs. Mr Shekhawat said, Jal Shakti Ministry in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan had started Catch the Rain, awareness generation campaign in 623 districts of the country.