Jamshedpur 14th Sept 2021: Jharkhand’s Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister, Mithilesh Kumar Thakur, chaired a review meeting to assess the work done by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation in Chaibasa, Chakradharpur, and Seraikela divisions.
During the meeting, all the executive engineers, assistant engineers, and other officers were present, including superintending engineer Prabhat Kumar Singh.
The Minister directed the engineers and officers present to discharge their duties responsibly and ensure that the target of providing drinking water connections to households is achieved before the deadline.
Thakur said that the target set for this purpose was comparatively higher than the neighboring states, but it was to be achieved.
After the meeting, Mithilesh Kumar Thakur said that the target of the department is high and is lagging in the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission as compared to the neighboring states.
He said that the department has succeeded in providing pure drinking water connections to 9 lakh households despite the COVID-19 transition period during which the present State Government was formed.
Mithilesh Thakur said, “Our target is to provide pure drinking water connection to 59.26 lakh households by 2024 and to achieve this, we all have to work as a team.”
Though the Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation of Jharkhand expressed satisfaction while reviewing the works of Jal Jeevan Mission implemented so far in the three divisions, he said that there is a need to expedite the execution of the work to achieve the target.
Thakur informed that many mega water supply schemes will be inaugurated by the department in the coming month and tender of many schemes is in process.
He further said, “While some jobs are in progress under the Jal Jeevan project, many are to be started soon.”
When asked about the mission in urban areas, the Minister said that water supply connections would be made available to more and more households in urban areas by December.