Dharmendra Pradhan, who holds the Ministries of Steel, Petroleum & Natural Gas has made a strong case for the use of steel pipes for water supply in the country. Pradhan in his letter to Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti has pitched for a convergence between his steel ministry and the jal shakti ministry so that steel water pipes can be laid across India in order to ensure Har Ghar Jal (water connection to each home) by 2024.
“Steel can play an important role in this mission. Steel’s inert and corrosion resistant nature makes it an ideal material for transportation of potable and industrial water in all stages. Steel pipes also reduce leakage by minimizing the number of joints and they also require low maintenance,” Minister of Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan wrote in his letter to Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Shekhawat.
Several industry estimates suggest that around 50% piped water is lost due to leakage in rickety iron pipes. Even in the country’s capital city Delhi, water lost in leakage during transmission is estimated at around 45%. All of this can stop if steel pipes are used instead of the iron pipes hitherto used for water distribution. Steel pipes also have a longer life span when compared with iron pipes thus reducing the replacement cost.
Outlining Prime Minister’s vision, Dharmendra Pradhan writes that Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call for water conservation and has appealed to civil society to come together for ‘Jan Shakti se Jal Shakti’ campaign.
Pradhan, further mentions that Ministry of Steel is all geared up to provide support to the noble mission of “Har Ghar Jal” (water to every home) and has called for convergence and synergy between the Ministry of Steel and Ministry of Jal Shakti to ensure this mission is achieved within the slated time.