CS Mehta reviews pace, progress
Srinagar: Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today reviewed the progress made under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) here in J&K.
The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary, Jal Shakti Department, Ashok Parmar; Mission Director JJM, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah; Chief Engineers and other officers of the Department.
Dr Mehta enjoined upon the officers to work with a missionary zeal to accomplish the objectives of the mission. He made it clear that no lackadaisical approach would be tolerated in this regard. He asked them to explore all the options for completing the objectives of this mission on time. He asked them to make accountability and fixing of responsibility the hallmark of this mission.
The Chief Secretary urged the officers to utilize this working season maximally for successful culmination of this significant mission. He asked them to ensure that work on each allotted work is started forthwith. He underscored the need of allotting all the tendered works shortly so that all of them are taken in hand by the beginning of next month.
The Chief Secretary was informed that recently the mission registered a substantial progress in the tendering and allotment of works all across the UT. It was revealed that out of 3267 works to be taken up under JJM, 3133 stands tendered out and tenders opened for 1727 works till date.
It was also given out that work on many of the tendered out works is going on satisfactorily and every effort would be made to take the mission to its logical conclusion.
The meeting was also apprised that bore wells would be completed in a span of one month after taking the work in hand and Over Head Tanks (OHTs) in a span of 4 to 6 months. It was given out that some works had been retendered and dates in favour of many others extended for making the bidding competitive and more responsive.
Pertinent to mention here that the mission has been launched by GoI with an aim to provide functional tap water connection to every household. In J&K UT more than 1 million households are slated to be provided with the functional tap water connections under this mission. Moreover J&K has achieved 100% coverage of institutions like Schools, Anganwadi centres, Health centres in rural areas and has received praise from the Government of India for this feat. (GNS)