75 years after independence, homes in Ladakh begin to be supplied with piped water – Jammu Kashmir Latest news | Tourism

Water supply pipes are laid in a snow-covered area after being transported by helicopter to the remote village of Leh.
Water supply pipes are laid in a snow-covered area after being transported by helicopter to the remote village of Leh.

UT admn implementing JJM despite extreme weather conditions

* Choppers used for transporting pipes to remote areas

Mohinder Verma

JAMMU, October 30: About 75 years after independence, several dwellings in the Union territory of Ladakh have started to obtain running water, because despite difficult terrain and extreme weather conditions, the administration is sparing no effort to implement the Government of India’s Jal Jeevan (JJM) mission.
The Jal Jeevan mission aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual connections to household taps by 2024 to all households in rural India through the development of water supply infrastructure running in the village and reliable drinking water sources and / or increasing existing sources. ensure the long-term sustainability of the water supply system.
There is a total of 44,076 households in Ladakh and until August 15, 2019, only 1,414 households were covered by the Jal Jeevan mission for various reasons. However, since the formation of the Union territory, the implementation of Mission has accelerated remarkably and this can be measured from official figures which reveal that to date, 9423 households have been connected to water. current.
“For the first time since independence, all households in 15 villages – three in Kargil and 12 in Leh district have been connected to running water as part of the Mission by the administration of the territory of the Union and jobs were allocated in the remaining villages and before August 15. next year, all 44,076 households will be connected to running water, ”Ajeet Kumar Sahu, mission director Jal Jeevan Mission and commissioner / secretary of the public health engineering department of the Territory of the Territory told EXCELSIOR. Ladakh Union.
The intensity of the pace of work on the implementation of the mission can be measured by the fact that even adequate arrangements for the air transport of high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes to remote dwellings have been made by the administration. from UT. Until now, these pipes have been airlifted to the village of Dipling, located at an altitude of 4000 meters above sea level.
“The engineers, with the active help of the villagers, are working with total enthusiasm even at -12 degrees of temperature and we hope to achieve the target of August 15, 2022,” Sahu said, adding “in order to avoid freezing of water supply pipes, we are laying the HDPE piles below the frost line and adequate arrangements have been made to ensure that the temperature remains above zero degrees in the storage channels ”.
Two days ago, the village of Man-Merak, located near Pangong Lake, was supplied with tap water and there was jubilation in the area as previously locals would walk for miles to get water. potable water.
The Jal Jeevan mission’s Twitter account said: “The isolated inhabitants of Ladakh will soon have tap water supplies in their homes. Despite difficult terrain and a temperature of -12 degrees, work continues in the village of Dipling, at an altitude of 4000 meters above sea level. The HDPE pipes are transported by helicopter ”.
“We knew it was a tough job and it was a testing time for our abilities. Proud that the soldiers of the Jal Jeevan mission pass all the most difficult tests and drive the pipeline to places where the weather makes everything impossible, ”Jal Shakti Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat wrote on the micro site. -blogging.
Even Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal said on Twitter: “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Jal Jeevan mission is implemented in Dipling, a village at an altitude of 4000 meters above of sea level in Ladakh ”.
Disclosing that there were several obstacles in the implementation of the Jal Jeevan mission, sources said: “Everyone from engineers to villagers felt that laying pipelines during the winter months is almost impossible, but to change this state of mind, the mission director of La mission Jal Jeevan set up various committees at the level of the block and the village and now the people themselves actively participate in the execution of the works ”.
Likewise, there were some technological issues, but with the active cooperation of engineers and locals, they were resolved for a smooth implementation of the Jal Jeevan mission. “Even a company that was given the task of laying pipelines expressed its inability to carry out the work in extreme weather conditions but the administration made the same possible by overcoming all difficulties,” sources said. .

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