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Exclusive: Goa gets 100% ‘har ghar jal’ status, says Jal Shakti Ministry; 3 cr houses added with piped water supply since Dec 2019

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Over six crore households have been provided with piped water connections in the country since August 2019 with, said UP Singh, Secretary (DWS) of Ministry of Jal Shakti on Thursday. The last three crore connections have been added since December 2019, Singh added.

Over six crore households have been provided with piped water connections in the country since August 2019 with, said UP Singh, Secretary (DWS) of Ministry of Jal Shakti on Thursday. The last three crore connections have been added since December 2019, Singh added.
“At the time when honourable Prime Minister announced this Jal Jeevan Mission, the total households in India was approximately 18.92 crore of which 3.23 crore were already provided with the tap connections. So remaining about 15.7 crore which will increase to around 16 crore because new houses keep coming, had to be provided water through tap connections by the year 2024. Now from 3.23 crore, we have come to approximately more than 6.2 crore. So we have added approximately 3 crore more since December 2019 when the implementation started,” Singh said in an interview with CNBC-TV18.
The connections are part of the Government of India’s Har Ghar Nal Se Jal initiative that was launched in August 2019 aimed at providing piped water connections to every rural household by 2024. The total estimated households to be targeted under the scheme is pegged around approximately 19 crore.
Among states, Goa has achieved 100 percent ‘har ghar jal’ status, Singh said, while adding that he expects two more states and two union territories to achieve 100 percent status soon.
“Even though the target is 2024, some states are achieving the 100 percent status in 2021, some in 2022, some in 2023 and remaining about 8 states will achieve in 2024,” he said.
Singh said that the total outlay for program is Rs 3.6 lakh crore. Of the total plan Rs 2.8 lakh crore will come from the central government and the remaining will come from state governments.
He also said that the program has adequate budget provisions.
“This year we have Rs 11,500 crore is budget provision and we can raise Rs 12,000 crore extra budgetary resources also if required and that would depend on what is the pace of expenditure,” he said.
However, he clarified that in the initial phase the expenditure would be less and that the pace of expenditure will increase in the coming years.
“Initial phase the expenditure would be less because we are targeting what is called low hanging fruits. There are about 54 percent villages where already piped water supply scheme was there, people were getting water from the stand-post. So what we are doing is, in the first phase we are basically trying to provide house connections from the stand-post either with source augmentation or without source augmentation. But the schemes which will require more funds, they are being awarded and in years to come, in next 2-3 years, the pace of expenditure will further increase,” he said.
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