Only 17% of India’s Rural Homes Have Piped Water. Target For 2017 Was 50%


 

In 2011, India’s ministry of drinking water and sanitation envisioned that by 2017, half the country’s rural households would have piped water. However, no more than 17% of rural households had piped water in July 2017, according to the ministry’s own data.

 

Nearly all rural households in Sikkim, India’s second-smallest state by population, get piped water, while in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, less than 1% of rural households have piped water.

 

A new plan now envisages that 90% of rural households will have piped water by 2022, according to this reply given on July 7, 2017, to Parliament’s upper house, the Rajya Sabha.

 

Rural water supply is a state subject, although the Centre funds 30% of such spending.

 

Source: Rajya Sabha
Note: Data are as of July 11, 2017. Goa has not reported data since 2014-15.

 

After Sikkim, Gujarat does best, with 73% households connected to piped water; Himachal Pradesh is next (57%), followed by Puducherry (50%).

 

At the bottom of the table, as we said, is Uttar Pradesh, but West Bengal (0.67%), Meghalaya and Bihar (1%) and Assam and Tripura (2%) also do badly.

 

In 18 of 29 Indian states, the proportion of rural households with piped water is lower than the national average of 17%.

 

(Nair, a graduate in economics and statistics from Mumbai University, is an intern with IndiaSpend and FactChecker.)

 

In 2011, India’s ministry of drinking water and sanitation envisioned that by 2017, half the country’s rural households would have piped water. However, no more than 17% of rural households had piped water in July 2017, according to the ministry’s own data.

Nearly all rural households in Sikkim, India’s second-smallest state by population, get piped water, while in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, less than 1% of rural households have piped water.

A new plan now envisages that 90% of rural households will have piped water by 2022, according to this reply given on July 7, 2017, to Parliament’s upper house, the Rajya Sabha.

Rural water supply is a state subject, although the Centre funds 30% of such spending.

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Source: Rajya Sabha
Note: Data are as of July 11, 2017. Goa has not reported data since 2014-15.

After Sikkim, Gujarat does best, with 73% households connected to piped water; Himachal Pradesh is next (57%), followed by Puducherry (50%).

At the bottom of the table, as we said, is Uttar Pradesh, but West Bengal (0.67%), Meghalaya and Bihar (1%) and Assam and Tripura (2%) also do badly.

In 18 of 29 Indian states, the proportion of rural households with piped water is lower than the national average of 17%.

(Nair, a graduate in economics and statistics from Mumbai University, is an intern with IndiaSpend and FactChecker.)

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