Recently, Himachal Pradesh presented their Jal Jeevan Mission Annual Action Plan for financial year 2021-22 before the national committee chaired by Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti through video conference.
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Government of Himachal Pradesh reiterated its commitment to achieve ‘Har Ghar Jal’ target by July, 2022.
In Himachal Pradesh over 5lakh tap water connections has been provided and so far 8,458 villages (46.78%) have been declared ‘Har Ghar Jal’ since the announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in August, 2019.
Himachal Pradesh aims to provide 2.08 lakh tap water connections across the State in 2021-22.
Features of Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban):
Deploying Latest Technology:
A Technology Sub-Mission for water is proposed to leverage latest global technologies in the field of water.
Spreading Mass Awareness:
Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign is proposed to spread awareness among masses about conservation of water.
JJM looks to create a jan andolan for water, thereby making it everyone’s priority.
Survey for equitable distribution:
Pey Jal Survekshan will be conducted in cities to ascertain equitable distribution of water, reuse of wastewater and mapping of water bodies with respect to quantity and quality of water through a challenge process.
Focus on strengthening urban local bodies:
By reducing non-revenue water to below 20%.
Non-revenue water is the difference between the volume of water put into a water distribution system and the volume that is billed to customers.
Recycling used water to meet at least 20% of total city water demand and 40% for industrial water demand at State level.
Promoting dual piping systems.
Raising funds through issuance of municipal bonds.
Rejuvenation of water bodies.
Promoting PPP Model:
In order to promote Public private partnership, it has been mandated for cities having millions plus population to take up PPP projects worth minimum of 10% of their total project fund allocation.
For Union Territories, there will be 100% central funding.
For North Eastern and Hill States, central funding for projects will be 90%.
Central funding will be 50% for cities with less than 1 lakh population, one third for cities with 1 lakh to 10 lakh population and 25% for cities with million plus population.
Outcome based Funding:
Funding from the Government for projects will be in three tranches of 20:40:40.
Third instalment onwards will be released based on outcomes achieved and credible exclusion will be exercised while funding.