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Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Saturday asserted that the 'Har Ghar Nal se Jal' project under Jal Jeevan Mission will be completed within nine months in aspirational districts of the country on a priority basis.
Dedicating a water supply project at Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh, the Jal Shakti minister said that potable drinking water to every household in the country through Jal Jeevan Mission would be made available by 2024 and in Arunachal Pradesh by 2023.
The water supply project implemented under Jal Jeevan Mission will benefit more than 1,500 population living in Pathergaon, Kaisu, Enten and Enthem villages of Namsai district by providing them with regular supply of potable drinking water.
The project comprises of an overhead tank with a capacity of 66.73 kl (kiloliters). It is 12 metres high and has a sedimentation tank along with sand filter and aerator, with 5 per cent community contribution in cash, kind and labour, an official communique said.
On the frequent flood issues, Shekhawat expressed his concerned on the number of losses incurred during the floods and called for drastic steps to be taken during monsoon by the departments concerned to mitigate the losses.
"The central government has taken various steps so that every citizen in the country should have access to basic and affordable facilities like cooking gas, bank accounts, sanitary toilets, pucca houses," Shekhawat said.
He urged the state government to come up with feasible plans for groundwater utilization to be used for irrigation purposes to boost the agriculture sector in the state.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who was also present on the occasion, informed that the Centre has taken up various projects for the development of northeastern states and Arunachal Pradesh on a priority basis.
"The projects will further increase job opportunities and employment generation in the state," Khandu added.