Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 7
More than three crore new piped water connections have been provided across the country under the Centre’s flagship National Jal Jeevan Mission.
While the states of Haryana, Telangana, Gujarat, and Union Territory of Puducherry are close to achieving 100 per cent coverage, Goa is the first state to have achieved the target.
Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are among six states, besides the UT of Andaman and Nicobar, to have made good progress in terms of increasing the coverage.
During a review meeting of the Union Jal Shakti Ministry on progress of implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) on Thursday, which was presided over by Union Minister of State Ratan Lal Kataria, he was also informed that 27 districts, 458 blocks, 33,516 gram panchayats and 66,210 villages have achieved “Har Ghar Jal”.
Recently, Kurukshetra emerged as the 27th district in the country and the third in Haryana to have achieved “Har Ghar Jal”.
The JJM aims to provide every rural household in the country with a piped drinking water connection by 2024.
Kataria informed that since Independence till August 2019, a total of 3.23 crore rural households (out of the total 18.93 crore rural households) had tap water connections, but in the short span of one year alone, 3.04 crore new connections had already been provided to rural households under this mission.
For the road map ahead, the states of Bihar and Telangana, and the Union Territories of Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar are expected to achieve 100 per cent coverage in 2021.
He said the Ministry was working to leverage Information Technology to provide the latest and relevant information about the progress of this scheme in public domain through web portal and mobile apps.