Tribune News Service
Shimla, September 22
The highest functional household tap connection in the country was today installed at Tanshigang village in Kaza division of Lahaul Spiti India under Jal Jeevan Mission.
The tap was installed in the presence of Secretary, Irrigation and Public Health, Amitabh Awasthy in the village which is located at a height of 4,650 mtrs. The village also boasts of the world’s highest polling booth.
“Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) aims at providing Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every rural household by 2024. The programme focuses on service delivery at household level i.e., water supply on regular basis in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality,” said Awasthy.
Considering the harsh terrain and sub-zero temperatures experienced at this height, providing regular water supply is a major challenge for the department.
Awasthy said one of the key missions of the Jal Jeevan Misison was to provide functional tap connection in schools, anganwadi centres, gram panchayat buildings, health centres, wellness centres and community buildings so that there is access to quality and adequate water.
Another objective is to promote and ensure voluntary ownership among local community by way of contribution in cash, kind and/ or labour and shramdaan for this facility.
“A thrust is to bring awareness on various aspects and significance of safe drinking water and involvement of stakeholders in manner that makes water everyone’s business,” stressed Awasthy.
Jal Jeevan Mission is a time-bound mission-mode programme to ensure every rural household has a Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) by 2024 to provide drinking water in adequate quantity (minimum 55 lpcd) of prescribed quality (BIS:10500) on regular basis. For proper use of water, reduce water wastage and improving ‘ease of living’ of women and girls, three taps may be provided, at kitchen, washing and bathing area and in the toilet.
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