Drinking Water Projects Should Be Completed on Time: Chief Minister



Jaipur, March 7. Chief Minister Mr Ashok Gehlot said that it is the top priority of the State Government to provide tap water supply to every household up to villages and hamlets in the State. 

He said that the officers working in this direction should provide relief to the general public by completing the water projects on time. He said that delay in projects not only increases the cost, but people too have to face difficulties.

Mr Gehlot was addressing the review meeting of the Public Health & Engineering Department (PHED) through video conference from his official residence on Sunday. He said that the budget announcements made in the last three years and this year should be completed in the timeline. He directed to immediately ensure the alternative arrangements of water sources based on the contingency plan by assessing the requirements in all the districts. 

The Chief Minister said, “While giving top priority to Jal Jeevan Mission, effort should be made to complete the work of drinking water projects related to it on time.” He said that testing of installing smart meters in the urban areas in the State and its effective implementation should be done under Mukhyamantri Rajneer Yojana. He said that a budget provision has been made to install hand pumps and tube wells in each assembly constituency. For this, appropriate spots should be identified for the installation of hand pumps and tube wells by forming a committee of the department’s superintending engineer and the concerned executive engineer headed by the district collector.

PHED Minister Mr  Mahesh Joshi said that the department is working in a time-bound frame for the timely completion of the works of Jal Jeevan Mission along with other projects. He said, “It is our effort that people do not face the problem of drinking water up to villages and hamlets in the State.”

Additional Chief Secretary PHED Mr Sudhansh Pant said that all district collectors have been provided Rs. 50 lakh each for contingency plans looking at the summers, so that in case works related to emergency requirements such as repairing of hand pumps, water supply through tankers, digging new tube wells etc can be taken up immediately. He said that technical approval for 8902 schemes have been issued out of 9766 projects sanctioned in Jal Jeevan Mission and work order for 5746 schemes has been issued.

He said that more than 90% of work orders in small drinking water schemes will be issued this month itself. It is targeted to complete around 80% of the works in the scheme by December 2022. Under Jal Jeevan Mission, 43,267 Village Water and Sanitation Committees have been formed and action plans for 43,208 villages have been made, which is the highest in the country.