Nashik: After providing tap water connection to every household at 111 more villages as part of the ‘Har Ghar Jal’ scheme, the Nashik Zilla Parishad (ZP) has achieved 71% of its target for the Jal Jeevan Mission aimed at providing water to every household.
The Nashik ZP authorities said that the tap water supply has been provided to the houses of every member of these 111 villages as per the 2011 census. They added that the work is being expedited to ensure they complete the process as soon as possible.
As per the 2011 census, there are 7,12,757 households in the district. Of them, 1,71,350 received tap water supply by August 2019. The target was to complete the process for 5,41,407 houses. Of that number, ZP has now covered 3,81,139 households in different villages.
Varsha Phadol, the deputy chief executive officer (CEO) of Nashik Zilla Parishad, said, “Nashik ZP CEO Leena Bansod has asked the authorities to expedite the works related to the Jal Jeevan Mission. We are on the fast track in achieving the target. In a step-by-step manner, we are declaring villages as Har Ghar Jal-certified through the special gram sabha that we are organising.”
The major challenge is to provide tap water in 145 villages in the hilly and tribal talukas of Trimbakeshwar, Surgana and Peth. These villages are scattered, people live at different locations and the areas are inaccessible by vehicles.
“It is a daunting task and the authorities are making efforts to ensure these villages get tap water supply at the earliest,” another senior officer of the department said.
So far, the water supply and sanitation department of Nashik ZP has successfully provided tap water to as many as 33 villages in four talukas in the hilly regions of Nashik district.
Rahibai Borse, one of the beneficiaries from Trimabkeshwar, said, “The villagers had to climb the mountains or trek long distances to fetch water, but the tap water has now made life easier for us.”
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