Jal Jeevan Mission aims to quench thirst of every household in J&K   

Srinagar: In Jammu and Kashmir, a silent revolution is underway. It’s a revolution with pipes and taps, and its aim is to quench the thirst of every household in the Union Territory.
The Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), a flagship initiative of the Indian government, is playing a pivotal role in bringing this dream to life, ensuring a steady flow of clean water directly into the homes of millions.
An official while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “The recent approval of 102 new Water Supply Schemes by the Central government, amounting to Rs 476.71 crore, marks a significant milestone in this mission. These schemes target an additional 54,752 rural households in J&K, areas initially not included in the JJM’s initial plan.”
“This is a major boost for the JJM in J&K,” he said, adding, “These new schemes will address the demands of thousands of families who were previously left out. We are committed to ensuring that no household is left behind in our quest for universal access to clean water.”
The story of JJM in Jammu and Kashmir is one of overcoming unique challenges. The region’s diverse geography, ranging from snow-capped Himalayas to arid plains, poses logistical hurdles in laying water pipelines. Despite these challenges, JJM has made remarkable progress. “During the past few years water connectivity  has reached far-flung areas in the Union Territory. It has placed Jammu and Kashmir amongst the high achievers category at the national level. More than 3000 schemes are at various stages of execution, with contracts awarded for 98% of the works,” said an official.
Pertinently, for decades, many villages in J&K relied on handpumps and distant springs for their daily water needs. “The water was often muddy and unsafe. Now, with the tap water connection, life has become much easier.
Beyond infrastructure development, JJM emphasizes community ownership and transparency. Gram Panchayats are playing a crucial role in planning, implementing, and monitoring water supply projects. The “Har Ghar Jal” certification ensures village-level verification of tap water connectivity, fostering a sense of accountability and pride.
“The story of JJM in Jammu and Kashmir is not just about pipes and taps; it’s about transforming lives. It’s about women and children freed from the drudgery of water fetching, allowing them to pursue education and opportunities. It’s about improved health and sanitation, leading to a healthier and more productive community,” said an official.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently stated: “The Jal Jeevan Mission is not just about providing water, it is about bringing dignity to the lives of millions.”

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