Centre approves new 102 Water Supply Schemes worth Rs 476.71 cr to J&K

Srinagar: Centre has approved new 102 Water Supply Schemes worth Rs 476.71 crore for coverage of additional 54752 rural households under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in Jammu and Kashmir.
This would give a major boost to the JJM scheme in J&K, for which the provision for Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTCs) had not been planned at the start of the mission, an official spokesman said on Friday.
The identification of these areas and households was done by the public during various public outreach programs, including ‘Back to Village’, Block Divas, JJM Fortnight, Gram Sabhas, and JJM awareness camps conducted by the Department, where the public raised demands for the inclusion of these left-out areas in the JJM.
With the approval of these new 102 schemes by the Center, no household would be left without a tap connection within its premises.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has thanked the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Union Ministry of Jal Shakti, for timely approval of the new.
Additional Chief Secretary Jal Shakti, Shaleen Kabra, has impressed upon the engineers to expedite the execution of these schemes to meet the agreed timelines for the completion of the mission.
He emphasized the need for the field functionaries to maintain the highest degree of transparency, accountability, and accessibility to the general public for effective implementation of the mission.
It may be recalled that, like other states or UTs of the country, JJM is being implemented in J&K with the involvement of various stakeholders, including the Central Government’s Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the Jal Shakti Department, J&K, district administrations, and local communities, to providing access to safe and adequate drinking water supply facilities through tap connections within the premises of rural households.
Pani Samitis, representing the local communities, is playing a very critical role in the implementation of the Mission by partnering with the department in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the mission activities.
UNI

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