Lucknow, April 16 -- With every political party busy in poll battle issues of basic amenities such as access to safe drinking water have taken a back seat, feel many villagers of Uttar Pradesh -- the most populous state of the country.

Lack of access to safe piped water has left people excessively dependent on hand-pumps and bore-wells, many of which are contaminated sources, said Nitin Tripathi, a poll management professional.

"The state with 2.59 crore rural households has only 3.34 lakh piped water supply connections -- a mere 1.29%. Still, it is not an election issue," he said.

The union government's dashboard for the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) reveals that Uttar Pradesh has 3,28,580 tested sources of water. Of t...