Shillong, December 21: In a remarkable turnaround, Meghalaya has soared past the national average in providing tap water connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), achieving a stunning 72.37% coverage. This monumental milestone marks a transformative journey for the state, which had a meagre 0.75% of households with tap water access in 2019.
Meghalaya’s achievement of over 4.7 lakh connections reflects the unwavering commitment of the government to the JJM’s vision. With a quadrupling of connections from a mere 5,000 in 2019, the state has crossed a historic threshold.
“We’ve crossed the national average, thanks to the tireless efforts of engineers, officials, and departments,” declared Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma. Acknowledging the challenges ahead, he pledged to address water source constraints in collaboration with relevant departments.
Public Health Engineering Department Minister Marcuise Marak expressed jubilation and reiterated the government’s dedication to achieving 100% JJM coverage. He lauded the collective efforts of communities and stakeholders in securing this accomplishment.
The success story of Meghalaya underscores its dedication to improving lives and contributing to the JJM’s overarching goals. With unwavering focus and community collaboration, the state marches towards ensuring uninterrupted access to clean water for every rural household.