Hyderabad: Telangana has been adjudged as a 'top-performing' state in the country for providing a high number of functional tap water connections. The latest data shows that Telangana has ensured 69.56 per cent of its households in the rural belt have access to water.
While Goa, among the small states have topped the chart by provided tap connections to 100 per cent to households after the launch of Jal Jeevan mission in August 2019.
The goal under the Jal Jeevan Mission is to enable every rural household to get assured supply of potable piped water at a service level of 55 litre per capita per day (LPCD) regularly on a long-term basis.
According to the statistics, Since the launch of the schemes, Telangana has provided 37,82,529 new tap connections which makes it a top-performer.
However, it is pertinent to note that, state flagship program mission Bhagiratha has played a significant role in ensuring the interior pockets in 31 districts have access to drinking water. It has also helped the state in moving fast to achieve the goal.
While its neighbouring state Andhra Pradesh has been adjudged as an under-performer, only 4.42 per cent of households in a rural area have functional tap water connections (4,23,168 taps). To note the data is after the scheme was launched.
Survey reveals that, In 18 districts of Telangana which comprise of 29,766 Gram Panchayats and 53,505 villages, 69.56 percent of households have access to water.
Among the larger states, 98.40% of homes in Telangana are connected to tap, Over 2.5 crore households have been provided with the tap water connection.
Bihar has scored a silver, it achieved 54.51 per cent connection among larger states.
According to Union Jal Shakti Ministry, at the time of launch of the Jal Jeevan Mission in August 2019, about 3.23 crore (17%) households out of total18.93 Crore rural households, had a tap water supply.
Remaining 15.70 crore which is 83% rural households were to be provided with tap water connections by 2024. Since the launch of the mission in August 2019, so far, about 2.55 Crore rural households have been provided tap connections.
The ministry also said that the provision of household tap connection in rural areas will help in removing 'drudgery' of women and girls as fetching water is their responsibility. It will also improve the 'ease of living' for people living in rural areas.