Drinking water

Aizawl: Mizoram has been able to cover only 21% of rural populace under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), according to a CAG report presented to the state legislature on Wednesday.

The NRDWP was launched by the union government in 2009 to ensure delivery of safe and adequate drinking water to rural population.

In Mizoram, the NRDWP was implemented under five components — Coverage, Operation & Maintenance, Sustainability, Support and Water Quality Monitoring & Surveillance.

The CAG report laid by chief minister Zoramthanga shows that in Mizoram, only 1.08 lakh (21%) of rural population were covered under the programme against the target to provide 55 litres per capita per day to 5.23 lakh rural population by 2017.

The state government could not achieve the target of providing individual household connection by 2017 as per strategic plan of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and all rural government schools and anganwadis were not provided with safe drinking water facilities, the report said.

It stated that decentralised need-based and participatory plan through a bottom-up approach was not followed as water security plan at village and district levels were not prepared.

The report also said that the state government released central share of Rs 59.56 crore to the implementing agency, PHE department, after delays ranging between one and 12 months during 2014-17.

The CAG report also underlined that an amount of Rs 6.42 crore meant for “coverage,” “sustainability” and “operation & maintenance” components were utilized for inadmissible and irregular works.

Eight water treatment plants installed at the cost of Rs 60 lakh were non-operational.

The report also said that water quality testing laboratories were functioning with inadequate manpower and constrained capabilities to analyse mandated parameters.

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