Chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s flagship scheme ‘MJSA’ will now cover all the cities and villages in Rajasthan. The state launched Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan in 2016 to make natives self-reliant and self-dependent.
The first phase of MJSA covered 3,529 villages. The authorities spent Rs 1190 crores raised via crowd funding, to fill 94,000 reservoirs. Total 11,170 million cubic feet of water accumulated in the water bodies. The ongoing second phase aimed at covering 4200 villages and 66 cities under. Rajasthan government, seeing the positive outcomes of this scheme, has expedited the deadline of projects in progress, in 27 major cities of Rajasthan.
Initially, the state had set June 2019 as the deadline for ongoing projects in 66 cities. The cities that have been selected for MJSA works have more than one lakh population (data obtained from the 2001 Census). Nevertheless, taking the persistent water crisis into consideration, the government will try to cover as many cities, as possible. The recent instructions have pushed the deadline forward, to June 2018. Once completed, the water conservation projects will live to tell the tales of Rajasthan government’s effort towards controlling water scarcity in the urban regions.
Chief Secretary Ashok Jain made an announcement regarding the inclusion of the remaining cities under MJSA. According to Jain, the move will relieve the areas experiencing low or no water availability. The newly enlisted cities will submit a detailed project report on this. The reports will cover major topics such as maintenance, operations, and identification of beneficiaries.
The authorities will implement the scheme at two levels: urban and rural. Under MJSA, the government will repair/ refurbish traditional water structures and construct new bodies to promote rooftop water harvesting practices. It’ll be constructed in all government as well as residential buildings to generate awareness on water conservation.
MJSA is expected to surface as one of the most successful schemes by Rajasthan Government.