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Govt gearing up to provide piped water to all households by 2022
9/3/2019 9:41:49 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 3: The Governor's administration has envisaged connecting each and every household of the Jammu and Kashmir with Piped Water Supply by 2022 for ensuring water security to its population.
PM has also launched a massive programme namely 'Jal Jeevan Mission'(UJM) to achieve the above target in the country by 2024 with an aim to 'Har Ghar Nal Se Ja?.
To achieve target of 100% Piped Water Supply to each household by 2022, the state requires meticulous planning, faster execution and assured availability of funding.
In view of these requirements, the PHE department is preparing a road map for consideration of the State Administrative Council to achieve the given objective in a time bound manner.
The department has recently conducted a detailed exercise for preparing District Water Security Plan through the District Water and Sanitation Mission headed by the concerned Deputy Commissioner. This exercise has been conducted to find out the current coverage of Piped Water Connection in District and assess the funding requirements. It is pertinent to mention that the J&K has around 30% piped water connectivity which is much above the national average of 18%.
As part of the exercise a meeting was chaired by the Commissioner Secretary to Government PHE, I&FC, A K Sahu here today to review the preparedness of Jammu region.
Explaining the preparedness of the Jammu region to achieve the 100% coverage, the Chief Engineer PHE Sanjeev Kumar Chadha informed that around 5 lakh households are still to be connected through household connection in Jammu region.
The Secretary informed the meeting that the state government has already provided Rs 716 cr under languishing projects, Rs 111 cr under NABARD and Rs 21 cr under state Capex with total amount of Rs. 848 cr for water supply schemes in the districts of Jammu.
The Commissioner/ Secretary informed that for maintaining an inventory of stores, which use to be a major component of Water Supply Schemes, the state government has recently provided an imprest fund of Rs30 cr each to both the CEs of PHE.
The meeting was attended by the Chief Engineer PHE Department Jammu and all the Superintending Engineers and executive engineers of various districts.
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