ERCP to Guarantee Water Security for Rajasthan: Shekhawat

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ERCP to Guarantee Water Security for Rajasthan: Shekhawat

Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat emphasized the significance of the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP), asserting that it would provide water security for the next 40-50 years. He highlighted the former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's alleged delay and obstruction of the project.

Shekhawat, along with Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, held meetings in several districts affected by the water crisis. He traced the project's history, noting its initial inception during Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government but subsequent suspension by the United Progressive Alliance. In 2016, Vasundhara Raje revived the project as ERCP, but it faced setbacks after her government's term ended in 2018.

Shekhawat accused Gehlot of using ERCP as a political tool and playing with the livelihoods of millions of people. He criticized the previous Congress government for its inaction and questioned their priorities. He praised Sharma for his efforts to expedite the project, expressing gratitude for his commitment.

Shekhawat also addressed the issue of water access in rural areas, highlighting the progress achieved through the Prime Minister's Jal Jeevan Mission. Despite challenges faced during the pandemic, drinking water has reached 100% of households in 10 states, with 75% of rural homes now having access to tap water.