Sikkim plans to provide 100 pc water tap connections to all rural households before March 2022
Tripura plans to provide 3.8 lakh tap connections in 2021-22 and 100 per cent coverage by 2023.
Sikkim plans to provide 100 per cent drinking water tap connections to all rural households in the state before March 2022, while Tripura has set a target of 3.8 lakh tap connections in 2021-22 and 100 per cent coverage by 2023.
The two states from Northeast India presented the plans to provide tap water connection to rural households before the committee chaired by secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation under the Jal Shakti Ministry on Saturday.
Both Sikkim and Tripura face various challenges like difficult geographical terrain, poor connectivity, remote location of villages and lack trained manpower to execute works.
The Jal Shakti Ministry stated in a release that the national committee carries out a thorough scrutiny of the proposed Annual Action Plan (AAP) prepared by States/ UTs before finalizing the same. Thereafter, funds are released in four tranches in the year based on physical and financial progress and regular field visits. Review meetings are held to ensure implementation of the Annual Action Plan to achieve the goal of Jal Jeevan Mission.
According to the ministry, Tripura has around eight lakh rural households, out of which 2.14 lakh (27 per cent) households have tap water connections. The state has planned to provide 100 per cent tap connections to all rural households by 2023.
Tripura has a good drinking water supply infrastructure and has water supply schemes in all 1,178 villages, the ministry said, adding, in 2020-21, 1.42 lakh tap water connections have been provided and it plans to provide 3.8 lakh tap connections in 2021-22.
By having 100 per cent piped water supply system in all villages, it can capitalize on retrofitting/ augmentation of existing water supply systems to ensure every rural household has assured potable water supply, thereby improving the lives of people and bringing 'ease of living', the ministry said.
Sikkim has about 1.05 lakh households, out of which 81,000 (77 per cent) households have tap water connections. About 10,300 tap water connections were provided in 2020-21, the ministry said. It said that the state has planned to provide 100 per cent tap connections in all households by the year 2021-22. The state also has a good water supply infrastructure and has water supply schemes in 411 villages, it added.
Important aspects like need for preparation of Village Action Plans; as well as constitution of Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC)/ Pani Samiti with minimum 50 per cent women members that is responsible for planning, designing, implementing and operating and maintaining of in-village water supply infrastructure, were highlighted in the Friday meeting.