Union minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat holding a review meeting along with Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb

Agartala: If the target of providing more than 1 lakh drinking water in Tripura is met by next March, the state will surpass the national average and become the best-performing state among northeastern states, said Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, during his visit to Tripura on Tuesday.

Shekhawat reviewed various development projects implemented in the state under the Union Jal Shakti ministry at the State Guest House in presence of chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

He stressed over the need to review the planning and implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission project.

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“Providing clean drinking water to all is one of the priorities of the government. In addition to maintaining quality in the construction of drinking water connection infrastructure, the department also needs to take the issue of their longevity seriously,” Shekhawat said.

He also said drinking water connection project under the Jal Jeevan Mission should be completed within the stipulated time frame.

He also emphasised on proper operation of equipment, including technical resources required for drinking water connection.

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“To bring everyone under the purview of drinking water connection, a plan should be made for every rural area of ​​the state. There is a need to increase public awareness at the field level. People in rural areas need to engage in open defecation-free plus (ODF+) to make solid and liquid waste management more efficient,” he added.

He also directed the officials of the union ministry of Jal Shakti to set up laboratories in rural areas for testing of drinking water and take necessary steps for speedy accreditation. He also assured that the central government would provide technical assistance for irrigation projects in Tripura.

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