Mission Bhagiratha, a great initiative by the state government of Telangana has been launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji. Mission Bhagiratha is an initiative to provide safe drinking water to everyone through dedicated water pipeline in the state.
To accomplish the mission, state government has designed a water grid project to provide a sustainable and permanent solution to the problem of safe drinking water. The objective of Mission Bhagiratha is to provide 100 liters of clean drinking water per person in rural households and 150 liters per person in urban households.
Mission Bhagiratha – The Water Grid System
The project will cover about 25000 rural and 67 urban habitations across the state. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 42,000 Crores. The project will also rejuvenate more than 45,000 water tanks along with laying the dedicated pipeline grid.
According to the official website, the state-level grid will comprise of a total of 26 internal grids. The main trunk pipelines of this project would run about 5000 km, and the secondary pipelines running a length of about 50000 km would be used to fill service tanks in habitations. From here the village-level pipeline network of about 75,000 km would be used to provide clean drinking water to households.
The project will draw water from the two main rivers flowing through the state, Krishna and Godavari. A total of 34,000 million cubic meters of water from Godavari and 215000 million cubic meters from Krishna river would be used for the water grid.
The deadline for the completion of the water grid system is March 2018.