Taking stock of the ongoing development in Har Ghar Nal Yojana, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday reviewed the progress status of the project which is being run under the Jal Jeevan Mission. Emphasising the importance of the project, the Chief Minister directed the officials for the timely execution of the project and shared necessary guidelines for ensuring quality work under Jal Jeevan Mission. In the meeting held through video conferencing, the Chief Minister also inquired about the physical progress of the project from the district magistrates and directed them to review it regularly.
Some notable points of the review –
- The developmental picture of the Bundelkhand-Vindhya region is changing fast with the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission, which was launched on 15th August 2019, with the aim of providing pure drinking water to every citizen. The project is fulfilling the long-held dream of having pure drinking water in the region, thereby enhancing Ease of Living. “Water is life” encapsulates the kind of importance the government or citizens must attach to it in order to conserve it.
- With the resolve of ‘Har Ghar Nal’, we have installed tap connections in 46.72 lakh houses so far. Accelerate installation work to achieve the target of supplying pure drinking water to one crore households by the end of this financial year.
- The areas which have not been connected so far with the scheme of supply of pure drinking water, should be connected as soon as possible. For this, the District Magistrate should ensure the availability of land.
- Adequate funds are available for time-bound implementation and quality work of Har Ghar Nal Project. There should be no shortage of manpower in any district, at any level. Not a single incident of negligence in work, laxity, or misuse, of any public servants will be accepted under any circumstances. If any agency is doing wrong, inform the government immediately, and strict action will be taken.
- Consider utilising Chambal river water instead of Lower Ganga canal water for supplying drinking water in Aligarh and Agra divisions. There is enough water in Chambal, the water is sweet too. Its feasibility should be tested by sending a team of technical experts.
- We have to provide pure drinking water to 97 thousand villages. In such a situation, an action plan covering all 97000 villages should be prepared. It should be ensured that the water connection from the piped tap reaches the courtyard of the house. Our target is to have clean drinking water in every household of every revenue village by March 2024.
- The process of installation of piped drinking water connections in every household needs to be expedited. Right now 13000 to 14000 connections are being installed every day, action should be taken to increase it to 25, 000. Trained plumbers should be deployed in every village. Don’t delay it unnecessarily.
- There should be no unreasonable delay in issuing NOC at the district or state level. All the district magistrates should take the responsibility to complete the initial processes including the preparation of DPR expeditiously. Keep physical inspection of the work done. Improvement is expected in districts like Sultanpur, Barabanki, Sambhal, Ayodhya, etc.
- Monthly targets have been given to all the districts for FHTC. Districts like Sitapur, Prayagraj, Aligarh, Shahjahanpur, etc. will have to expedite the work. The district magistrates should ensure that this target is completed on time. Increase manpower if needed. Communicate directly with technical staff.
- Time-bound and quality implementation of Jalshakti, Swachh Bharat Mission, and Namami Gange projects should be ensured in collaboration with central government institutions.
- Unnecessary delay in electricity connection for piped drinking water in Vindhya-Bundelkhand should not be done. Namami Gange Department and Energy Department should complete this work in time with mutual coordination.
- The system of on-site inspection will have to be strengthened further. There should be complete purity and transparency in the procedure. Villages 100% saturated with Jal Jeevan Mission should be verified with transparency. Village water committees should be activated. These committees will assess the quality of work.
- Consumption of impure drinking water has been the main factor in diseases like encephalitis. Special efforts are being made under Jal Jeevan Mission for the improvement of water quality in affected areas due to arsenic, fluoride, salinity, nitrate, iron etc. In this regard, the Government of India is providing additional financial assistance. Work in these areas needs to be accelerated.
- Taking forward the Atal Bhujal Yojana of the Government of India, the state government has also connected all the districts of the state with the groundwater scheme. Good results of this scheme have been seen in Bundelkhand. Public participation is very important for groundwater conservation. Efforts should be made to involve as many people as possible in this campaign.