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72 % Rural Households Get Tap Water; Challenges Linger In Some States

An ODF Plus village not only maintains its open-defecation-free status but also implements effective solid or liquid waste management systems 

 According to official data, India’s Jal Jeevan Mission has progressed to the point where approximately 72 per cent of rural families have access to tap water connections. By 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to see all rural households connected to the tap water system 100 per cent  of the time. According to a senior official, there is hope that the government would achieve this target by the end of the upcoming year. Notwithstanding this hope, problems still exist in areas like West Bengal, Jharkhand and Rajasthan, where less than 50 per cent  of rural families have access to tap water.

There are already nine states and Union Territories with 100 per cent  coverage and efforts are in motion to provide this vital service throughout the entire country. By the next year, the government plans to have communities Open Defecation Free Plus (ODF Plus). In addition to maintaining its status as an open-defecation-free village, an ODF Plus village puts in place efficient solid or liquid waste management systems. Inaugurated in February 2020, the Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen Phase-II seeks to certify all villages ODF Plus by the end of 2024. Based on data provided by the Parliament, 3.18 lakh of the 5.91 lakh villages in the country aim to be ODF Plus villages and 1.23 lakh of them have already attained this status.

The government is actively involved in a comprehensive set of initiatives under the Namami Gange Programme aimed at revitalising the Ganga and its tributaries. These interventions include afforestation, biodiversity conservation, riverfront development, solid waste management, wastewater treatment and public involvement. It was stated during the winter session of Parliament that the Namami Gange Programme has sparked 450 projects total, with an estimated cost of Rs 38,022.37 crore. 270 of them have been finished and put into service; the goal for the upcoming year is to finish the remaining projects on time.

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