ICT Grand Challenge launched under Jal Jeevan Mission to measure, monitor water supply

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New Delhi (NVI): The National Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has launched an ICT Grand Challenge to create innovative, modular, and cost-effective solution to develop a ‘Smart Water Supply Measurement and Monitoring System’ at the village level.

The Jal Jeevan Mission, in partnership with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, will be inviting proposals from Indian Tech start-ups, MSMEs, Indian Companies and Indian LLPs.

This challenge will harness the vibrant IoT eco-systems of India for creating smart rural water supply eco-system to measure and monitor the service delivery of the water supply in rural areas, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a release.

It will also provide opportunity to work for cause of Jal Jeevan Mission and to assure potable water supply through Functional Household Tap Connections to every rural household.

Moreover, the grand challenge will provide support at ideation stage, prototype development stage and deployment stage.

The pilot will be conducted at 100 villages and the best solution will get a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh while runner ups will get prize of Rs 20 lakh each.

Successful developers will be given an opportunity to join the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology supported incubator or CoEs for further nurturing of their solution, the release said.

Furthermore, this will boost the idea and thrust of initiatives like Aatmanirbhar Bharat, Digital India and Make in India, it added.

National Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) aims at providing Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every rural household by 2024.

The mission focuses on service delivery at the household level, through water supply regularly in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality.

Therefore, this necessitates the use of modern technology in systematic monitoring of the programme and to capture service delivery data automatically for ensuring the quality of services.

As digitisation of water supply infrastructure has the potential to solve some of the biggest societal problems facing the nation, it will help anticipate and address future challenges.

-RJV