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Jal Shakti Department promises piped water to all rural households

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SRINAGAR: J&K Jal Shakti Department is ensuring piped water to all households in rural areas to accomplish its target of ‘Har Ghar Jal’, officials said on Monday.
The department has provided tap water connection to all households in more than 1000 villages in Jammu and Kashmir under the government’s flagship programme Jal Jeevan Mission, they said.
Besides, 100 percent FHTCs have been provided in Ganderbal and Srinagar in the first phase which included 11 blocks, 383 panchayats and 925 villages.
The department aims to provide tap water connections in the entire UT by the end of 2022, two year before the target.
Under this ambitious JJM project, Palli village of Samba, from where Prime Minister addressed the nation on National Panchayati Raj Day, has been fully saturated with 448 FHTCs at a cost of Rs. 143.40 lakh. The Palli village water supply project also included a tube well of 6000 gallons of discharge capacity per hour.
Randhir Sharma, Sarpanch of Palli Panchayat expressed gratitude to PM Narendra Modi for providing piped water connection to every household in his village.
“We are very happy that we got running water taps for the first time after Independence. Earlier, it was a hard task to get water from hand pumps which were a source of various water-borne diseases,” Sharma said.
Assistant Executive Engineer, Jal Shakti Department,Tabish Qureshi, said active participation, support of people and PRIs of Fakir Gujri helped in realisation of Har GharJal in this hilly hamlet. Fakir Gujri is part of Srinagar district which has been fully covered under the JJM.
To ensure quality water supply, Jal Shakti Department under the aegis of Jal Jeevan Mission has also setup 97 water testing laboratories across J&K.
To empower the local community on water quality surveillance in J&K, Jal Shakti Department has embarked on a mission to identify and train 5 persons especially women in each village from the local community including ASHA workers, health workers, VWSC/ Pani Samiti members, teachers and SHG members to conduct water quality tests using FTKs/ bacteriological vials at the village level, schools and Anganwadi centres.
To install ‘sense of Ownership’ for the Piped water supply infrastructure in the community, J&K Jal Shakti Department under the banner of Jal Jeevan Mission has embarked on a mission to constitute Paani Samiti in every village, the officials said.

Pertinently, a central fund of ₹2,747 crore has been allocated to Jammu and Kashmir in 2021-22 for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission, which is nearly four times the allocation made during 2020-21.


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