New Delhi (NVI): The Modi government’s ambitious Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), under which tap water connections have been provided to 3.32 crore households in rural areas in about 18 months, will now be extended to cover urban areas of the country.
The announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today while presenting the General Budget 2021-22 in Parliament.
She said the urban mission will be launched with an aim of providing tap water connections to 2.86 crore households.
”The Jal Jeevan Mission (urban) will be launched. It aims at universal water supply in all 4,378 Urban Local Bodies with 2.86 crore household tap connections, as well as liquid waste management in 500 AMRUT cities.
It will be implemented over 5 years, with an outlay of 2,87,000 crores,” the Finance Minister said in her Budget speech.
The Jal Jeevan Mission, launched in August, 2019, is a centrally-sponsored project which aims to provide Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every rural household by 2024.
Since August 2019, about 3.32 crore rural households have been provided with tap water connection under this mission. With this, around 6.55 crore rural households (34 per cent) of the country are getting tap water supply in their homes.
While presenting the Union Budget for the year 2021-22, Sitharaman also said that the Swachh Bharat 2.0 will be implemented with an outlay of Rs 1,41,678 crore for over a period of five years.