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Jal Jeevan Mission milestone: 13 million rural homes have access to water

<p>On Tuesday, the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) reached a new milestone by connecting 13 crore rural homes to the public water system.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-161044″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-09-05t173130.011-11zon.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com download 2023 09 05t173130.011 11zon” width=”1077″ height=”717″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-09-05t173130.011-11zon.jpg 275w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-09-05t173130.011-11zon-150×100.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1077px) 100vw, 1077px” title=”Jal Jeevan Mission milestone: 13 million rural homes have access to water 6″></p>
<p>According to an official press release today, the life-changing mission has boosted the coverage of rural tap connections from only 3.23 crore homes at the inception of the project in August 2019 to 13 crore in just four years.</p>
<p>Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the JJM announcement on August 15, 2019, the nation’s 73rd Independence Day, from the Red Fort’s ramparts. Six states—Goa, Telangana, Gujarat, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh—as well as three UTs—Puducherry, D&D and D&NH, and A&N Islands—have declared 100 percent coverage as of this writing.</p>
<p>Bihar, which has a saturation rate of 96.39 percent, and Mizoram, which has a saturation rate of 92.12 percent, are also on track to do so soon. ‘Har Ghar Jal approved States/UTs’ include Goa, Haryana, Punjab, A&N Islands, Puducherry, D&NH, and D&D. This essentially indicates that the villagers have affirmed via Gram Sabhas that “all households and public institutions” in the village are receiving a sufficient, safe, and consistent supply of water in these states/UTs. In the whole nation, 145 districts and 1,86,818 villages have reported 100% coverage.</p>
<p>The mission works with governments and UTs to carry out the program, and it is through the united efforts of everyone—including development partners—that real transformative change is seen. One new tap water connection is built every second, transforming the nation’s rural landscape. Since January 1, 2023, 87,500 tap connections per day on average have been made available. Uttar Pradesh has installed 61.05 lakh Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTC) since January 2023, placing it at the top of the list for progress made in the current fiscal year.</p>
<p>The tenacious efforts of the Union and state governments have also ensured that tap water is available in 9.15 lakh (88.73%) schools and 9.52 lakh (84.69%) anganwadi centers throughout the nation. At the time of the mission’s commencement, just 21.41 lakh (7.86%) families in the country’s 112 aspirational districts had access to tap water; now, that number is 1.81 crore (66.48%).</p>
<p>The work done under “Har Ghar Jal” is giving the rural inhabitants major socioeconomic advantages. People are freed from the centuries-old hardship of hauling heavy bucket loads of water to satisfy their daily household requirements thanks to regular tap water delivery, particularly women and young girls. The time saved may be utilized to assist children’s education, gain new skills, and engage in activities that generate cash.</p>
<p>Rural piped water delivery projects have always placed a strong emphasis on community involvement in their design, implementation, operations, and maintenance (O&M) in order to maintain long-term sustainability. In the nation, more than 5.27 lakh Village Water & Sanitation Committees (VWSC)/Pani Samitis have been established, and 5.12 lakh Village Action Plans (VAPs) have been created. These plans include those for enhancing drinking water sources, treating and reusing greywater, and performing routine maintenance on in-village water supply systems.</p>
<p>The JJM is dedicated to not just delivering water but also making sure that it is of the highest quality. In this context, water samples are regularly collected and tested at the source and distribution sites.</p>
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