Tribune News Service
New Delhi, May 13
Haryana is on course to provide tap water connection to all rural households by December, 2022, under the Jal Jeevan Mission(JJM), much ahead of the national goal, which is 2024-25.
The JJM is a Central Government initiative aimed at providing piped water to every household in the country.
Presenting their action plan to the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation on Tuesday on the implementation of the JJM, state officials informed that there were about 29 lakh households, out of which 19 lakh were already provided with functional household tap connection (FHTCs).
Out of the remaining 10 lakh households, the government plans to provide tap connections in seven lakh households by 2020-21.The state provided about one lakh tap connections during 2019-20.
During the current year, the state is planning for 100per cent coverage of one district and 2,898 villages out of the total 6,987 villages. More emphasis has been given to cover rural households in drought prone areas and aspirational districts.
Haryana is likely to get Rs 290 crore as the Central share under the JJM for the current financial year, which will be supplemented by the same amount of the state’s matching share. The state is eligible for additional allocation based on physical and financial performance.
Out of the 44 water testing laboratories, the state plans NABL accreditation of 18 labs during the current year. Field testing kits will be provided at the community level for testing the water quality for taking corrective measures.
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