It was time to rejoice for villagers in Rajasthan’s water-starved Barmer district as they broke into a dance after they got regular water connections. For the five villages in the district, getting water was a long trudge away from home.
Internationally renowned dancer Madanlal won a lot of hearts when he came to dance on the streets to celebrate the fact that each house of his village had been allotted a tap connection.
“It is a proud moment for me as my village has been included among the first five villages of Barmer to be served by the Jal Jeevan Mission,” Madanlal said.
The village bore a festive look and villagers were even dressed for the occasion. The residents were seen singing folk songs and dancing to the tune of enchanting music on the streets.
Ramaram, an elderly villager, described it as a historic moment, and said, “All this dancing is our way of expressing our joy at having gotten water.”
Earlier, the villagers had to walk for miles to get water for their daily use as Barmer is in a historically arid zone. Getting regular water supply indeed had been a distant dream for this parched district.
Har Ghar Jal Scheme
Under the Har Ghar Jal Scheme, launched by the newly formed Jal Shakti Ministry, water seems to no longer that unattainable dream. In fact, the five Barmer villages will now get tap water in every home.
By December 2024, all villages will get tap water connections, said
Suresh Chandra Jain, Superintending Engineer, Public Health Engineering Department. Each village of the district is being connected with the Jal Jeevan Mission, Jain added, promising that water scarcity will soon become a distant memory.