Hyderabad: Telangana tops the list of tap connections given for drinking water in rural areas, according to the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti. Over 98.31 per cent of tap connections in the state provide potable drinking water under Mission Bhagirtha.

Telangana has 54,37,739 total rural households as on April 2020 while 53,44,878 tap water connections have been reported till August 16, 2020. The remaining 91,777, which means 1.69 per cent of households, do not have tap connections.

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The data covers the rural households.

Andhra Pradesh ranks 13th with 34.62 per cent rural population having drinking water tap connections. Out of 95,66,332 rural households, only 33,12, 262 have tap connections.

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Goa ranked second with 89.05 per cent connectivity while Puducherry ranked third with 87.02 per cent tap water connections. Along with Telangana, in the above two states too, drinking water tap connections cover more than 80 per cent households.

Being the most populated state, Uttar Pradesh ranked 29 and covers only 4.49 per cent of households with tap water.

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Meghalaya ranked last at 32 with only 10,968 households, which is 1.86 per cent of the households having drinking water tap connections.

West Bengal ranked 31st with only 3,30,682 households, that is 2.03 per cent, having water tap connections. The total number of rural households in West Bengal stands at 1,63,25,859.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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