MEGHALAYA NEWS 24 EXCLUSIVE
Public Health Engineering (PHE) Minister Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar has informed that only 19 percent of the work has been completed as far as providing household tap connections for rural areas under the Jal Jeevan Mission is concerned.
Last year, the state government had set a target to complete household tap connections to over 6 lakh rural households by December, 2022.
“We have been trying very hard to process the JJM works (by) working in a mission mode to complete the formalities like calling tenders, awarding the contract…we have sanctioned a lot of schemes even though the physical progress has not taken place as expected. As of now, we have completed only 19.5 percent in the whole state of Meghalaya,” Tongkhar told reporters.
The Minister also expressed hope that 30-40 percent of work would be completed by the end of this year adding “the availability of pipes is there in all the divisions as we have already resolved the issue.”
Asked, Tongkhar said, “We are still determined to complete the process of providing tap connection to each and every household in the rural areas of the state by December 31, 2022.”
“As a government we have not backed out from that target, we are still trying to find ways and means to achieve that,” he said.
According to him, the state is expected to get around Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 2,000 crore or it may go up to Rs 2,500 crore for completion of the JJM in the state.
The minister also admitted that implementation of the JJM has been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic as people are hesitant to come out and work.
To another query, Tongkhar said that he had already written a DO letter to the Ministry for including urban areas under the JJM but he is yet to get any response on the matter.
“I hope the ministry will consider this,” he added.