CS visited various JJM work sites virtually and asked AEE/JE for the pace of work

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 23: In a First Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today virtually visited the sites of a number of ongoing works under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).

He assessed first-hand dozens of works being done in different UT districts as part of this national mission.

The meeting was also attended by the principal secretary of the department of Jal Shakti; CEO JJM; Chief Engineers of Jal Shakti Kashmir/Jammu and other relevant officers of the department.

The Chief Secretary virtually visited various sites where work was underway and checked in with field staff such as AEEs and JEs on the pace and progress of the work. He also asked them about the technical aspects involved in carrying out their respective work.

Dr. Mehta urged all these officers and officials to ensure that quality machinery is installed at all these sites including boreholes, digging wells, filtration plants, aerial reservoirs ( OHT) and other infrastructure created as part of the mission.

He observed that there should be no compromise on quality and every item used should conform to the set specifications.

The Chief Secretary emphasized building the capacity of all field staff to effectively manage these assets.

He observed that each of them should be well aware of the quality and proportion of chemicals used for drinking water filtration as well as the best techniques to manage such infrastructure for the overall benefit of drinking households. this drinking water.

On this occasion, the Chief Secretary also spoke with several local panchayat representatives and asked them about the quality and pace of work being done in their areas.

He urged them to be vigilant as these assets are created for the long-term well-being of their respective regions. He advised them to supervise these works and ensure that each of them is completed on time and in a qualitative manner.

The Secretary General was informed that out of 6563 calls for tenders, 4626 have been opened and 1302 works have already been awarded. It was further revealed that around 1077 works were resubmitted for receiving the wrong answer. He was also informed that with the subsequent granting of the administrative approval and the technical sanction, the rest of the tendered works would also be awarded soon and the works would be taken over.

The meeting was also informed that some 6,220 Pani Samities and 5,980 village action plans had been prepared for all 6,887 villages.

It was mentioned that 4412 field test kits have been distributed to villages and more than 11000 women trained to use them for testing drinking water.

It was established that out of 1835190 rural households, 1062840 had been supplied with drinking water.

There is already 100% coverage of rural institutions such as schools, Anganwadi centers and health centers and measures are underway to cover every Gram Panchayat building and every rural household in the future, the meeting learned.