Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 4
Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have committed to the Centre to fully implementing its Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and thereby achieving the Har Ghar Jal by 2022.
The national deadline to fully implement the JJM is 2024. It seeks to provide piped water connections to every rural household in the country.
The progress of JJM’s implementation was presented by the National Jal Jeevan Mission of the Union Jal Shakti Ministry on Tuesday at a web-based conference of ministers and authorities relating to water in states and UTs.
It was presided over by Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Skngh Shekhawat and attended, among others, by Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar and Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria.
Besides the fast depleting underground water in these states, the water in their several parts is contaminated.
Studies in the past say Haryana tops among these states with regard to overall contamination, including with fluoride and dangerous arsenic acid.
Reports also say Punjab’s underground water table has high quantity of nitrate, cadmium and chromium (heavy metals).
Ladakh is one of the world’s most difficult mountainous terrains that present a severe challenge to lay water piped network and to maintain flow of water.
The NJJM authorities kept up the focus on JJM during the Covid-19 onslaught.
The conference was organised to discuss various issues including JJM’s planning and implementation.
Its focus was also on 100-day campaign to provide piped drinking water to country’s every school and anganwadi centre.
Addressing the conference, Shekhawat said JJM also creates employment opportunities for locals in rural areas.