Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 10
The country’s bellwether tourism state of Goa becomes the first ‘Har Ghar Jal’ state by providing tap water connection to every rural household under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) ahead of its national dead-line.
The JJM is Centre’s flagship programme, aimed to provide piped water connections to every rural household in the country by 2024.
“Providing potable water is a national priority for the Union government,” Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said.
He hoped other states would emulate Goa.
“Goa has earned itself the unique distinction of becoming first ‘Har Ghar Jal’ state in the country as it successfully provides 100 per cent Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTCs) in the rural areas covering 2.30 lakh rural households.”
The achievement has brought cheers among functionaries of National Mission of the Jal Shakti Ministry and policy makers.
The state has emerged as country’s face to international audiences. It is throng of international and domestic tourists.
The tourist season of the state generally kicks off by mid-November and stretches till December for the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
With expectancy of tempering down of the COVID-19 scorch, there is a buzz of tourists returning to the culture of holidaying, festivities, and habit of tourism travels.
With habitation, hamlets and villages, besides high-end hotels in the state of Goa, generally providing lodging arrangements for tourists, the timing of completion of the JJM project is icing on the cake.
Goa comprises of two districts, namely North Goa with 1.65 lakh rural households, and South Goa with 98,000 rural households encompassing 191 Gram Panchayats.
Having achieved the universal access, the state now plans for sensor-based service delivery monitoring system so as to monitor the functionality of water supply i.e. potable water in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality being provided to every rural household on regular and sustainable basis.