Work on safe drinking water supply to every household in rural Arunachal Pradesh underway

Under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), pipes for the construction of water tap connections are being transported to remote Hiba village in Kurung Kumey district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Pipes for the construction of water tap connections were transported to remote Hiba village in Kurung Kumey district of Arunachal Pradesh, in the effort to provide every rural household with supply of adequate and safe drinking water on a regular basis, the Jal Shakti Ministry said on Saturday.

Under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), every rural household is to be provided with a Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC), ensuring regular, adequate and safe drinking water, the ministry said in a release.

Hiba is one such remote village in Arunachal Pradesh and reaching it is an arduous journey starting with a road journey of 330 km (which is mostly under repair) from the capital city of Itanagar to Langrh, the HQ of Nyobia circle and another 25 km from there on unpaved road.

Apart from the existing challenges of altitude, tough terrain and poor road infrastructure, the area receives seven months of rainfall, making it further difficult to transport the construction materials for developmental activities.

Further, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, Arunachal Pradesh is facing difficulties in implementation of schemes as many villages have barricaded themselves and are not allowing outsiders to enter the villages.

Despite such challenges, the PHE Department is geared to achieve the vision of ‘Jal Jeevan Mission: Har Ghar Jal’ in the State by 2023, the ministry stated.

Village communities have been informed about the role of Gram Panchayats/ communities in planning, implementation, managing, operating and maintaining their own water supply systems and encouraged their participation accordingly. They further engaged them as masons, plumbers, electricians, etc. in implementation of the water supply scheme, the ministry added.

With such consistent and painstaking efforts, all 51 households of Hocho, Rello and Sara habitations have been provided with household tap connections.

First Published:June 13, 2020, 3 p.m.