Jal Jeevan Mission makes remarkable strides in Telangana; covers all rural households with tap water connections

The number has been achieved from the initial figures where only 15.68 lakh households in the state had access to tap water connections.

BySouth First Desk

Published Aug 08, 2023 | 8:47 PM Updated Aug 08, 2023 | 8:47 PM

Jal Jeevan Telangana

The Union government’s flagship initiative Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has made remarkable strides in Telangana, where it has successfully achieved 100 percent coverage, with all the rural households — totaling 53.98 lakh — having tap water connections, according to a release.

The number has been achieved from the initial figures recorded on 15 August, 2019, when only 15.68 lakh households (29.05 percent) in the state had access to tap water connections.

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Schools, health centres also connected 

Since the launch of the mission, over 38.29 lakh (70.95 percent) households have been provided with tap water connections, ensuring the availability of water for the remaining households of the state.

The major highlights of JJM in Telangana include 22,832 schools (99 percent), 27,248 Anganwadi Centres (99 percent) and 13,281 Gram Panchayats/Community Health Centres (100 per cent) in Telangana having tap water supply.

Currently, there are 76 water testing laboratories in Telangana where citizens can get their water samples tested at nominal rates, said the release.

In addition, 7,330 out of 10,452 villages have formed Paani Samitis and Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC).

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‘Significant progress’

The achievements of the JJM in Telangana exemplify the significant progress made in enhancing water infrastructure and improving the quality of life for its residents, the release said.

With active participation from rural communities, particularly women, JJM has evolved into a people’s movement, it said.

JJM is a flagship programme of the Union government aimed at providing tap water connection to every rural household by 2024.

It was announced by the prime minister on 15 August, 2019. At the time of the launch of mission, out of 19.41 crore rural households in India, only 3.23 crore households (16.65 per cent) had access to tap water.

In a short span of just four years, the country has crossed a major milestone in the journey towards “Har Ghar Jal”, with over 12.75 crore (65.69 per cent) rural households provided with tap water supply as on 6 August, said the release.

The overall financial commitment for Jal Jeevan Mission is ₹3,600 billion ($43.80 billion), making it one of the largest welfare programmes in the world, the release said.