Under the competent leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani, Gujarat has become front-runner among the top-seven performers in the nation-wide ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ that has an objective to provide drinking water to every house through tap.
The ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ was launched by Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi on August 15, 2019 with an objective to provide drinking water to every home across the nation through water-tap network by year-2024.
The Union Jal Shakti Ministry has announced a special grant of Rs. 465-crore for these top seven states for their best performances in the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission. The special grant was allocated to these states on basis of their competence in setting up swift working system, financial planning, and effective usage of fund and effective working capacity of pipeline networks.
Union Minister Mr. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat announced this special grant of Rs. 465-Crore in New Delhi. Of this amount, Rs. 100-crore has been allocated to Gujarat alone for its best performance. The other special grant receiving states are: Arunachal, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, and Himachal Pradesh.
Under the leadership of Mr. Rupani, Gujarat Water Supply Department has made Gujarat proud by undertaking the works of ‘Nal Se Jal’ in “Mission Mode” with an objective to supply the drinking water to each and every home by year 2022.
This year by March 25, against the target of providing 11.15 lakh Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC), 11.50 lakh FHTC were provided. Not only this, five districts – Mehsana, Porbandar, Botad, Anand, and Gandhinagar – have achieved 100 per cent FHTC in rural areas.
Even during the period of Corona pandemic, the Water Supply Department had worked with a target to achieve 100 per cent FHTC in rural areas in Gujarat, as a result the water supply department was able to provide FHTC to 77.10 lakh houses of the total 92.92 lakh houses.
The FHTC to remaining 15.82 lakh houses would be provided by September, 2022. Of them, the tendering procedures for 3.95 lakh houses have been completed, so far. While surveying works for 5.97 lakh houses have been completed, so far.
For providing the FHTC to the remaining areas of the state, Gujarat Government has undertaken several developmental works worth of Rs. 13,000-crore through the water supply department.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat