THE GOVERNMENT OF GUJARAT announced on Wednesday that it has achieved 100% household water connection under the Centre’s Jal Jeevan Mission.
The announcement came weeks before the Gujarat Assembly elections were announced.
According to a press release issued by the Gujarat government, the project connected 91.73 lakh houses to the water supply network via 63,287 kilometres of pipeline network, 3,498 underwater sumps, 2,398 overhead tanks, 339 wells, and 3,985 tubewells. Aside from that, 324 minor schemes and 302 solar-powered distribution schemes were included in the project.
State Minister of Health and Family Welfare Rushikesh Patel announced the achievement on Gujarati New Year’s Day, saying that the state had achieved 100% coverage of direct water connection in rural areas “two years ahead of the target” set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi tweeted, ‘Yet another achievement on the auspicious occasion of #NewYear Gujarat declared as 100% #HarGharJal state.’ He added that every household of Gujarat now has ‘Jal’.