Arunachal Pradesh to get 100% tap connections by 2023 under Jal Jeevan Mission

New Delhi (NVI): Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to provide 100 percent tap water connections to all the households in the state by 2023 under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), the flagship programme of the Central Government, which aims to provide safe drinking water to all, according to the Jal Shakti Ministry.

In hilly areas, it is a huge burden on the women of the household to go and fetch water from a distance, which takes heavy toll on their body. To reduce their drudgery, this mission has come as a boon and aims to provide potable water to every rural household in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality on regular and long-term basis.

The Government of India has approved Rs 255 crore for Arunachal Pradesh under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in 2020-21.

Even though water availability in Arunachal Pradesh is not an issue, it is challenges faced in the implementation due to the tough mountainous terrain, sparsely located habitations and the harsh climatic conditions. However, the state government has charted a plan to cover all villages/ habitations so as potable water reaches every rural household.

Being a hilly state, gravity-based water supply system is used in Arunachal Pradesh, which means the force of gravity is used to move the water downhill from a source to the village. An intake structure is built to collect the water from surface sources, which is then conveyed to the village through a pipe system.

The implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission in these tough terrains and high altitude is a challenging task. Impediments increase with the harsh climatic conditions and poor connectivity.

Jal Jeevan Mission was announced in August last year and is a centrally-sponsored project which aims to provide Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every rural household by 2024.

It is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to bring improvements in the lives of people of the country, especially the rural people.

-CHK