Punjab: ‘Har Ghar Pani, Har Ghar Safai’ Mission Launched

The Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, has launched the ‘Har Ghar Pani, Har Ghar Safai’ mission virtually.

Highlights

This mission is the part of the government’s campaign to complete the goal of 100 per cent potable piped water supply in all rural households by March 2022.

Mega Surface Water Supply Scheme

  • Captain Amarinder Singh also inaugurated one Mega Surface Water Supply Scheme. This scheme has three components:
  1. It covers the 85 villages in the Moga district.
  2. It comprises of 144 new water supply schemes for 172 villages.
  3. It also comprises 121 Arsenic and Iron removal plants.
  • The scheme will benefit 1.6 lakh residents from across the 155 villages in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, and Gurdaspur districts.
  • It will help in replacing the groundwater with the surface water supply for drinking.
  • It also seeks to resolve the problem of besides resolving the problem of arsenic affected habitations.
  • The scheme is being funded by the World Bank, NABARD, Jal Jeewan Mission of GoI, and State Budget.

Background

The government has spent an average of ₹920 crore annually on water supply and sanitation schemes. As per the data, a total of Rs. 1450 crore had been spent on rural sanitation and rural drinking water supply since March 2017.

Multi-village surface water supply schemes

The government also launched the 10 new large multi-village surface water supply schemes. The scheme costs ₹1,020 Crore. It will cover 1,018 villages comprising of the water quality affected areas in the districts of Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran.

Jal Jeevan Mission

The Jal Jeevan Mission was launched on August 15, 2019. The scheme was launched with the objective of providing the safe and adequate drinking water. The scheme seeks to provide tap water to the individual houses by 2024 in rural India. It is based on a community approach to water.

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