Ensure 24×7 quality water supply to all urban areas in J&K: CS

Presides over maiden UTLSC meeting of AMRUT 2.0

Srinagar: Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta Tuesday impressed upon the Housing &Urban Development Department (HU&DD) to work for providing round the clock quality water supply to all the urban areas here in J&K.

He made these remarks while speaking in a UT Level Steering Committee meeting of AMRUT 2.0.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, H&UDD; Commissioner Secretary RDD; Commissioners of JMC & SMC; Chief Engineers and other concerned officers.

Dr Mehta underscored the need for providing drinking water to all the urban households meeting all quality standards and pressure. He asked them to provide a minimum of 135 litres per capita per day to all the households as mandated under National policy.

He asked them that the department should continuously work towards improving their quality of services provided to people. He told them to saturate their services in all the urban areas under the AMRUT 2.0.

Dr Mehta also stressed on augmenting the water sources and making them sustainable for future. He asked them to take scientific measures towards this direction including planting of trees around them. He called for taking cost effective measures for successfully completing the AMRUT 2.0 in the scheduled time.

The Chief Secretary also asked them to make Sewage/Septage plan for all urban areas for its better management. He suggested to see for recycling of waters for industrial or non-domestic uses.

He also asked them to formulate a robust IEC plan for the awareness of general public. He gave an in principle approval to the UT Water Action Plan and said that together with the Jal Jeevan Mission it would fulfill the goal of providing functional tap water connection to each household of J&K.

It was given out in the meeting that under AMRUT 2.0, some 2.25 lakh tap connections would be provided and more than 4 lakh connections would be augmented. Similarly around 310 MLD quantity of source water would be augmented. The department is also going to provide around73000sewage connections in urban areas and add/augment 54 Sewage treatment plants under AMRUT 2.0, ad was revealed in the meeting.

It is pertinent to mention here that the national mission of AMRUT has been envisaged to ensure that every household has access to a tap with the assured supply of water and a sewerage connection. It also aims at reducing pollution by switching to public transport or constructing facilities for non-motorized transport like walking, cycling etc.

Mehta launches integration of 6 more e-services to UMANG platform

Ushering an era of Mobile Governance in J&K, the Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta Tuesday launched 06 moree-services totaling now 31 to online services platform called UMANG.

The UMANG Unified Mobile Application for new age governance is a multi-lingual mobile platform for providing “any time- anywhere governance”.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary said that in sync with the vision of ‘APKA MOBILE HAMARA DAFTAR’, the Government of J&K is committed to providing citizen centric services through the mobile mode. “This will enhance the accessibility of services and add to the convenience of citizens availing services”, he added.

The services on the UMANG platform are end to end digitized and provide a one-stop solution to the citizens starting from application for a service, its processing to receipt of certificates/permissions. The services being provided are integrated with online payment gateway and Rapid Assessment System (RAS) of digital feedback.

It was informed that with the launch of 06 additional services namely domicile certificate of Revenue Department, Mumkin scheme of Mission Youth, Age certificate, Fitness certificate/Medical checkup, Physical Challenged Certificate of Health and Medical Education and Commercial Water Connection of Jal Shakti Department, henceforth 31 popular services can be accessed by the public at https://web.umang.gov.in or by downloading mobile app ‘UMANG’ which is available on ‘Android’ and ‘IOS’ platform.

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