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J&K: Union Minister for Jal Shakti e-inaugurates 15 projects, lays e-foundation of 15 projects

Srinagar, Oct 8 (UNI) Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday e-inaugurated 15 projects and laid e-foundation of same number of new projects of Jal Shakti Department, Jammu and Kashmir, here at Banquet Hall Srinagar.
The total cost of the completed projects is Rs 59 crore and the cost of the new projects is Rs 54.87 crore, an official spokesman said.
The inaugurated projects include water supply schemes (WSS) for Jandrore, Charie Mittal in Udhampur, WSS In Kanger, Chak Kirpalpur in Jammu, WSS Kunsow Nolie, WSS Narpora, WSS Nowgam Ramgarg, WSS Shirmal Sharepathri, WSS Karewa Safnagri – all is Shopian, WSS Filtration Plant Ajas Bandipora, storage tanks at Lolab and other schemes.
The new schemes include WSS in Utterbehni (Samba), Balode (Saman), Harsarth (Samba), Channi (Reasi), Dharmari (Reasi) Saddal and Panjar (Udhampur), Achabal (Anantnag), Nambal (Anantnag), Ichigam (Budgam), Zinpanchal (Budgam), improvement of existing Rajal Canal (Rajouri) and other projects.
Commissioner Secretary Jal Shakti Department, M Raju gave a brief of each completed project and said that the new projects will be completed within the set deadline, the spokesman added.
While speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister directed the officers to work with dedication and responsibility for securing water security for the future generations.
He said that water will be posing a big challenge in the times to come but together they will be able to bring functional tapped water connection to every household. He said the government is working on a mission mode taking along the aspirations of the locals to secure for them a prosperous life.
The Union Minister said that Government of India is committed to provide assured basic services to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and said that the Union Territory is moving swiftly towards progress and development. He said J&K will become a manufacturing hub of various products.
Regarding the drinking water supply, he said it is a service delivery, wherein the quantity, quality of water supplied and periodicity of water supply has to be ensured for which the flagship programme, Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) is under implementation.
The objective of the Mission is universal coverage i.e. every family in the village gets tap water connection in their household. Jammu & Kashmir is planning 100 per cent coverage by 2022 to accomplish the ambitious target of providing tap connection to every rural household of the UT.
The Union Minister praised the government of Jammu and Kashmir in their progress towards the implementation of JJM.
He also said that there has been unparalleled change and people are witness to it due to the focussed implementation and strategy adopted by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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