JAIPUR: Chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday said Jal Jeevan Mission is an ambitious project and there is a need to maintain greater vigilance and augment its planning and implementation. He said if the state achieved the goal of providing drinking water in every house, the mission could prove to be a boon for the state.
Gehlot was discussing the preparations for the Jal Jeevan Mission with officials of public health engineering, water resources and panchayati raj departments. He said planning of schemes under the mission should be done in such a way that residents of places where water sources are available could get the benefit of the mission. He said the utility of small dams, anicuts and catchment structures should be considered to increase the availability of water.
The chief minister said since most of the projects will be run only by surface water, the central government should consider providing necessary support for successful implementation of the mission in view of the special circumstances of the state. He suggested to prioritise the construction of watershed structures along with water mission.
Sudhansh Pant, additional chief secretary, public health and engineering department, gave a detailed presentation on the planning, goals, approvals and status of implementation of the scheme in the state.
He informed that under the mission, a total of 1.01 crore rural families have a target of providing drinking water connections through taps. In the last financial year, 6.81 lakh connections have been given and in the current financial year, 30 lakh households have been targeted for connections, out of which 18 lakh connections will be made for major (surface water) projects and 12 lakh connections for other (ground water) projects.
Make long term preparations for the drinking water needs of the state: Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has instructed officials to explore the possibilities of use of waste water flowing to Chambal and its basin, Parvati, Kalisindh and other rivers of the state during monsoon.
He said the department of water resources and water supply should make a plan for proper utilisation of this water for future water needs.