After 8 Decades, UP Village Finally Gets Tap Water

The Lahuria Dah village, nestled in the picturesque Mirzapur hills of Uttar Pradesh, has been provided with piped water supply for the first time in nearly 80 years.

What Happened: As per an NDTV report, the village’s 1,200 inhabitants, who were previously dependent on a nearby spring and paid tankers for their water requirements, now have access to tap water. The spring would often dry up during the summer months, leading to disputes and the village’s entire annual budget being spent on water tankers.

Attempts to establish a water supply line to Lahuria Dah were abandoned halfway due to poor planning about a decade ago. The village was also not included in the Jal Jeevan Mission.

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However, a new project worth over ₹10 crore was approved after the villagers met with the then District Magistrate, Divya Mittal. The local administration joined forces with geophysicists and other technical experts from Banaras Hindu University. Together with Jal Jeevan Mission, UP Jal Nigam, Namami Gange officials, and the chief development officer, they formed a joint team to identify a suitable technology for bringing water supply lines to the village, which is located on a hard rocky surface.

On August 31, 2023, the tap water supply was finally initiated in the village. The village’s only well is now used for rainwater harvesting, and an artificial dam-cum-pond has been created for the collection of water for animals.

Why It Matters: This development is a significant milestone in addressing the long-standing water scarcity issue in Lahuria Dah. It not only improves the living conditions of the villagers but also marks a step forward in the broader goal of ensuring water security in rural India. The successful implementation of this project could serve as a model for other similar regions grappling with water scarcity.

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