Piped water to each household in J&K by 2022

Authorities at PHE department on Wednesday held a day-long workshop on Jal Jeevan Mission, here to discuss various modalities with regard to implementation of the initiative in Jammu and Kashmir.

A statement said during the inaugural session of the workshop, Commissioner/Secretary PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control Ajit Kumar Sahu gave a detailed presentation regarding the Mission implementation.

He informed the department has formulated an action plan to connect every household of J&K by piped water supply by 2022 which is two years ahead of the national deadline of 2024 for the Mission.

He said the Mission seeks to converge with other government and centrally sponsored schemes for sustainable water supply management in J&K. He said the department was working with meticulous planning and faster execution to achieve the set targets under the Mission.

Sahu said the Mission would be carried out in a phased-manner and the first phase would be executed by June 2020; 2nd phase by June 2021 and 3rd phase will begin by December 2021.

It was said that the phase 1st will cover Ganderbal, Pulwama, Shopian, Srinagar, Samba, Poonch and Reasi districts.

The Commissioner Secretary maintained the coverage of the select blocks with least number of uncovered households would be fully covered by June 2020.

He also called for making concerted efforts so that Jammu and Kashmir becomes top performer in providing piped water to every household.

Director Rural Development, Qazi Sarwar said that for monitoring and transparency in execution of JJM every functional tap connection would be linked with Aadhar number of the head of the household and every asset created would be geo-tagged.

He said inspections by empanelled third party agencies would be carried out for all infrastructures created under the JJM.

The Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudary said to make the programme a success people have a pivotal role to play. He said the district administration would always remain committed for such projects.