The first State-level consuming water high quality testing laboratory is coming up right here amid the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure the provision of protected consuming water to all rural households with deal with the water high quality monitoring and surveillance (WQMS) programme. A brand new constructing for the laboratory will likely be constructed in Jaipur at a value of ₹.
The WQMS programme has been launched in Rajasthan as a part of the Centre’s flagship Jal Jeevan Mission, which envisages provide of protected and enough consuming water by particular person faucet connections to all rural households by 2024. A goal has been set for supplying 55 litres of water per individual per day to each family in the agricultural areas, the place the folks have been going through shortage of water.
Additional Chief Secretary, Public Health Engineering Department, Sudhansh Pant, mentioned right here on Friday that the accreditation for the district-level labs could be obtained from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and new laboratories would even be established this yr at 102 panchayat samiti headquarters in the State.
The State authorities has allotted ₹ 67 crore in the 2021-22 Annual Plan for the WQMS actions. Mr. Pant mentioned the scope could be explored for establishing block-level consuming water high quality testing laboratories on the premises of the first well being centres.
Change in norms sought
The Congress authorities in the State has sought adjustments in the norms for Central help for the Jal Jeevan Mission, which at current stipulates the shares of the Centre and the State in 50:50 ratio. The State authorities has sought enhancement of the Centre’s share in the mission to 90% in order to scale back monetary burden on the States.
Rajasthan, the place solely 12% households are presently getting piped water, has formulated new motion plans for implementing the Jal Jeevan Mission by rejuvenating the sources of water to offer connections to about 98 lakh rural households.
The group strategy to water is a key element of the mission and completely different sources, together with rainwater harvesting, have been tapped for it.