Centre releases Rs 604 cr to J&K under Jal Jeevan Mission

NEW DELHIi, Dec 14: The Centre has released Rs 604 crore to Jammu and Kashmir under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) to expedite its implementation, the Jal Shakti Ministry said here on Tuesday.
“The Central fund of Rs 2,747 crore has been allocated to the Union Territory (UT) in 2021-22 for the implementation of JJM, which is nearly four times the allocation made during 2020-21,” the Ministry said in a statement here.
J&K plans to become ‘Har Ghar Jal’ UT by August, 2022 next, it added. “Out of 18.35 lakh rural households in the UT, 10.39 lakh (57 per cent) households have tap water connections.
Despite adverse weather conditions and challenges of transportation in many areas in this difficult terrain, water supply work is in full swing to make provision of tap water supply in villages.
Provision has been made for tap water supply to every rural household in two districts of Srinagar and Ganderbal, besides 1,070 villages,” the Ministry said. Announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15, 2019, JJM is under implementation in partnership with states with the objective of providing functional household tap connections to every rural household of the country by 2024.
JJM is implemented in a decentralised manner following the ‘bottom-up’ approach, wherein the local village community plays a key role, starting from planning to implementation and from management to operation and maintenance. (AGENCIES)