Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday said that all households of the State will be provided with tap connections by 2022.
“All habitations in rural areas will be covered through piped water supply, so that poor and marginalized people get tap connections in household premises,” said Singh while talking to the Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Shekhawat over video conferencing.
They discussed various aspects of implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Manipur.
This is in continuation of extensive exercise carried out by the Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation by consulting States and UTs for the last 3 months, wherein water supply schemes of the States were analyzed so as to provide household tap connections in villages.
Manipur is planning 100 percent coverage by 2021-22, ahead of national goal by 2024.
By doing so, Manipur will be the first State in North-East to accomplish the ambitious target of providing tap connection to every rural household.
Out of 4.51 lakh rural households in Manipur, 0.32 lakh (7.17percent) are provided with FHTCs.
Out of the remaining 4.19 lakh households, Manipur plans to provide tap connections in 2 lakh households during 2020-21, said an official.
During the current year, the State is planning for 100% coverage of 1 district and 15 blocks and 1,275 villages.
In 2020-21, Rs 131.80 Crore has been allocated and including State share, there is assured availability of Rs 216.2 Crore.
State is eligible for additional allocation based on physical and financial performance.
Since Manipur has been allocated Rs 177 Crores under 15th Finance Commission Grants to PRIs and 50 percent of it is to be used for water supply and sanitation, Union minister requested the CM to plan for utilizing this fund for rural water supply, grey-water management and most importantly for ensuring long-term operation and maintenance of water supply schemes.