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Maharashtra receives Rs 7,064 cr to implement Jal Jeevan Mission
By TOG News service
Jun 11, 2021

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, JUN 11, 2021: TO provide clean tap water to every household in Maharashtra by 2024, the Centre on Thursday allocated Rs. 7,064.41 crore as grant-in-aid to the State to implement the Jal Jeevan Mission. This marked a four-fold increase from the previous year's allotment of Rs. 1,828.92 crore.

In Maharashtra, out of a total of 1.42 crore rural households, 91.30 lakh or 64.14 per cent have been provided with tap water connections under the scheme. When the mission was launched in 2019, only 34.02 per cent homes or 48.43 lakh households had tap water supply.

Within the last 21 months, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 42.86 lakh households in the State have been connected to the water mains.

" In 2021-22, Maharashtra has planned to provide tap water connections to 27.45 lakh households, 18.72 lakh tap water connections in the year 2022-23 and 5.14 lakh tap connections in 2023-24 to achieve tap water supply for every rural household ," said a statement.

In 2020-21, the State could not draw Rs. 1,371.69 crore of the Central grant and had to surrender it. The water supply work to provide tap water connection has not yet started in 29,417 villages in Maharashtra.

This year, with the four-fold increase in Central allocation of Rs. 7,064.41 crore, the unspent balance of Rs. 268.99 crore, shortfall in State matching share of Rs. 149.43 crore in 2020-21, and matching State share in current year, Maharashtra has an assured availability of Rs. 14,547.24 crore to implement the mission.