Offer online services, hassle free water connection to public: LG

SRINAGAR: In order to improve water supply position in UT, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha Monday passed important and strict directions to the Jal Shakti Department during a meeting he chaired to review the functioning of said Department here at Civil Secretariat.
Speaking on the Government’s endeavour to develop Tawi riverfront on the lines of Sabarmati Riverfront, the Lt Governor said that the prestigious project will change the face of Jammu and open up new avenues for tourism development.
We need to make committed efforts for the speedy completion of all the other important water projects which are connected with the development of Tawi Riverfront, the Lt Governor said. In this regard, the Lt Governor set a deadline of one year for the completion of Jammu Tawi Barrage.
The Lt Governor directed for the completion of the ongoing water supply works to all the Hospitals, Anganwadi Centres, and Schools across J&K by 15th August this year.
Ensure no hospital, Anganwadi Centres, and schools in all districts of the UT shall remain without water availability, he added.
Taking note of water scarcity in several villages in J&K, Lt Governor directed the officials of Jal Shakti Department to take immediate measures and address the issue.
“No individual, no village should be deprived of drinking water. The water crisis issue must be dealt with the spirit of service because clean and safe water is a basic human need. Strong action will be taken against officials if they fail to resolve it as quickly as possible”, Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor observed that the Jal Jeevan Mission is the top priority of the Government of India and UT Government,
Discussion was also held for ensuring active involvement of Deputy Commissioners for complete implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in their respective districts.
Highlighting the need to make people-centric interventions for improving the water supply position in the UT, the Lt Governor directed for preparing comprehensive strategies, besides involving stakeholders in the planning process of Water Supply Schemes and other projects to create a sense of belongingness amongst them for a better outcome.
With an objective to make the water supply connection service more convenient to the people, the Lt Governor directed the department to develop a robust mechanism for making the said service available online.
The Lt Governor asked the department to lay a dispute redressal system and maintain close synergy with other departments, besides working in convergence mode for effective execution of water supply augmentation works.
Taking serious note of the delays in execution of works, the Lt Governor said that the administration is not going to tolerate any laxity on the part of the government officers.
The members of Jammu and Kashmir Water Resources Regulatory Authority (JKWRRA) were asked to share expertise with Jal Shakti department for ensuring timely completion of works.
Revenue generation is an important component of the working of any department. Jal Shakti Department also needs to put special focus on increasing revenue realization. Responsibilities shall be fixed for the officers of the divisions with low revenue generation, said the Lt Governor.
Directions were also passed to the department for submitting the pending Utilization Certificates (UCs) to the Government of India within 15 days.
M Raju, Commissioner Secretary, Jal Shakti Department briefed the chair about the functioning of the Department.
He informed the meeting about the progress made so far under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM); National Water Mission -Catch The Rain; Flood Management of Jehlum (PMDP); Flood Management Projects under FMBAP; Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojna (PMKSY/AIBP); Lift Irrigation Schemes; Minor Irrigation Schemes; Construction of Tawi Barrage; NABARD Funded Projects; JKIDFC Funded projects etc.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lt Governor; Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Mission Director, Jal Jeevan Mission, J&K; concerned Chief Engineers and other senior officers were present at the meeting.
Functionaries of Jammu and Kashmir Water Resources Regulatory Authority including its Chairperson G. S. Jha, and members -A. Paramesham and Kishore Chandra Naik also attended the meeting.

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