Gurugram, January 6 :- Haryana Government is preparing action plan to provide potable water to every household in rural areas of the state.
|| TAC News Bureau(Gurugram)
For this, a survey is being conducted in the rural areas including district Gurugram by March 31 under the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ which was launched by Prime Minister Mr Narender Modi on Independence Day.
Under this mission, all illegal water connections in rural areas will be regularized and the houses not having connections, would also be issued new water connections, but before that information would be gathered through a survey with the help of Saksham Yuva and Gram Sachivs by 31st March, 2020.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Mr Prashant Panwar told about this survey following orders given by Haryana Chief Secretary Keshani Anand Arora through video conferencing. After the video conferencing meeting of Chief Secretary, the Additional Deputy Commissioner Mr. Panwar held a meeting with the officers of the concerned departments and directed them to prepare an action plan to provide Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTC) in every household in the rural areas of the district. Under this mission, 55 liters of water per person per day will be supplied to every household in villages. During this, quality of potable water would also be ensured. He said that the Prime Minister has set a target of providing safe potable water to every household in the country by the year 2024 but the Haryana government is aiming to complete the task by 2022.
Mr Panwar informed that under the program, Public Health Engineering Department will issue new drinking water connections to those households not having connection or regularize the illegal water connection at a fee of Rs 500 under the Mission. During this time, the illegal water connections will be regularised and new connections will be issued to houses not having a water connection. A consent form will be taken from the house owner and he can pay the fee of Rs 500 in either of two ways. One can pay this amount affront lump sum or pay in installments by adding Rs 10 to their monthly water bill. Presently, the water bill for General Category households is Rs 40 per month while Rs 20 per month for Scheduled Caste category. After adding Rs 10, the consumer of General Category will have to pay a bill of Rs. 50 per month while a consumer belonging to SC category Rs. 30 per month. He also clarified that under the Jal Jeevan Mission, the amount of two thousand rupees for road cut has also been waived off by the government.
The ADC said that a committee headed by Sarpanch in each village. 3 panches of the gram panchayat will be its members, one each from women, a scheduled caste and a general category. Apart from this, four other members will also be included in the Village Water & Sanitation Committee (VWSC), of which none should be a Panch and Sarpanch. These four members would be from Anganwadi workers, Asha workers, Self-Help Groups, retired teachers, ex-servicemen etc. Apart from this, the Junior Engineer of Development and Panchayat Department Haryana would also be a member of this committee and the Gram Sachiv will be its Convener. Junior Engineer of Public Health Engineering Department has been appointed a technical member of this committee. At least 50 percent members in it should be women. This VWSC would do planning for giving water connection in every household of their village, prepare estimate, do tendering and supervise the work and also make payment to the contractor.
Superintendent Engineer of Public Health Engineering Department at Gurugram Pradeep Sharma said that so far survey in 31397 households has been completed in district Gurugram, which is 33.68 percent of the target. He informed that village water and sewage committee has been constituted in 201 out of 203 gram panchayats of the district. Due to suspension of Sarpanch in village Nainwal and absence of any Sarpanch in village Bargurjar, VWSCs have not been formed in these two villages, but now after the instructions of the Chief Secretary, the person who takes charge of Sarpanch or Block Development and Panchayat Officer would head the VWSC. Under the Mission, work will be completed in three phases in Gurugram district. In the first phase, 70 percent will be completed by 30 June 2020, 80 percent by 30 June 2021 and 100 percent by 30 June 2022.
The Deputy Commissioner would review the progress regularly with the officers of Public Health Engineering Department. For this, a dashboard has been created by the state government on which progress will be seen by the Deputy Commissioner. Monitoring committees will be constituted at the sub divisional level also under the chairmanship of SDM, the ADC added.