Jal Jeevan Mission Achieves Milestone of 12 Crore Tap Water Connections

• Tap water is provided in 9.06 lakh schools and 9.39 lakh anganwadi centres across the nation
• 22,016 habitations with arsenic/ fluoride contamination now have safe drinking water under Jal Jeevan Mission

WD News: Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has achieved a new milestone of ensuring safe and clean drinking water through taps to more than 12 crore rural households of the country.

As on date, five states (Goa, Telangana, Haryana, Gujarat and Punjab) and 3 UTs (Puducherry, D&D and D&NH and A&N Islands), have reported 100% coverage.

Himachal Pradesh at 98.35%, followed by Bihar at 96.05%, are also poised to achieve saturation in the near future.

Goa, Haryana, Punjab, A&N Islands, Puducherry, D&NH and D&D are ‘Har Ghar Jal certified States/ UTs i.e., in these states/ UTs, the villagers have confirmed through Gram Sabhas that ‘all households and public institutions’ in the village are getting adequate, safe and regular supply of water.

The efforts of the union and state governments have resulted in ensuring provision of tap water supply in 9.06 lakh (88.55%) schools and 9.39 lakh (84%) Anganwadi centres in the country.

In the 112 aspirational districts of our country, at the time of the launch of mission, only 21.64 lakh (7.84%) households had access to tap water which has now increased to 1.67 crore (60.51%).

Three aspirational districts from Telangana (Komaram Bheem Asifabad, Jayashankar Bhupalpalli and Bhadrabri Kothagudem), two districts in Gujarat (Dahod and Narmada) and Punjab (Moga and Ferozepur) and 1 district each in Haryana (Mewat) and Himachal Pradesh (Chamba) have reported 100% tap water coverage.

More than 5.24 lakh Village Water & Sanitation Committees (VWSC)/ Pani Samitis have been constituted in the country and 5.12 lakh Village Action Plans (VAPs) have been prepared including the plans for drinking water source augmentation, greywater treatment and its reuse, and regular O&M of in-village water supply systems.

Source & image courtesy: PIB

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