On Friday, the jal jeevan mission scheme hit a key milestone by delivering tap water to every home in 100 districts throughout the country.
“A promise made by our government is becoming a reality in 100 districts across the country, from the driest to the farthest reaches,” Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tweeted.
Chamba, in Himachal Pradesh, has been designated as the 100th ‘Har Ghar Jal’ district, the initiative’s sixth aspirational district.
The effort reached the milestone of providing clean tap water to nine crore rural households in the jjm water supply earlier this week.
Since the ‘Har Ghar Nal se Jal’ plan was announced on August 15, 2019, it has delivered tap water to over 5.78 crore rural homes.
According to an official statement, just 3.23 crore (17%) of the country’s 19.27 crore households had tap water connections at the time of the Mission’s announcement.
100 districts, 1,138 blocks, 66,328 Gram Panchayats, and 1,36,803 villages have become ‘Har Ghar Jal’ in this short time, according to the report.
In the Jal Jeevan Mission initiative, every rural home in Goa, Haryana, Telangana, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, and Daman & Diu has access to tap water.
Punjab (99%) is the most populous state, followed by Himachal Pradesh (92.5%) and Gujarat (92%) and Bihar (90 per cent) are on the verge of becoming ‘Har Ghar Jal’ in 2022.