Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt. Amarinder Singh launched Har Ghar Paani, Har Ghar Safai Mission on February 1, 2021. The mission is aimed to provide all basic facilities to the rural communities such as safe and potable drinking water, access to sanitation for all including solid and liquid waste management and construction of community sanitary complexes in the villages.
The Mission was virtually launched in the presence of Smt. Razia Sultana, Minister, Water Supply and Sanitation and Mrs. Jaspreet Talwar, Principal Secretary, Department of water Supply and Sanitation.
The launch was telecasted on YouTube and Webex at 1570 locations in the villages including schools, colleges, and other institutions. It was watched by more than 60,000 people in the villages.
Addressing the viewers, the Chief Minister emphasized that basic water and sanitation facilities would be provided to all citizens. Further, he mentioned that the foundation stones being laid for the various schemes would be completed on time.
In both water and sanitation, certain schemes were inaugurated, and foundation stones laid for some; while in yet others, work was completed, and they were dedicated to the communities.
Inauguration of Scheme: The multi-village mega surface water project benefitting 68,839 households of 85 villages at a cost of Rs.218.56 crore was inaugurated in District Moga.
Foundation Stones: Foundation stones for 10 new and large multi-village surface water supply schemes costing Rs.1032 crore, covering 1021 villages in the Districts of Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Tarn Taran were laid. In addition, foundation stones for water testing laboratories in the Districts of Hoshiarpur, Moga and Sangrur were also laid. Further, to sustain the ODF status of the state, foundation stones of 1557 community sanitary complexes in 1545 villages across the state were also laid. These Sanitary complexes would be built, operated, and maintained by the Gram Panchayats themselves. Towards this, an amount of Rs 32.70 Cr has been disbursed to the Gram panchayats.
The schemes where work had been completed and dedicated to the communities were:
- 68 recently commissioned rural water supply schemes were constructed/upgraded at a cost of Rs.29.77 crore
- 77 new water supply schemes were constructed and upgraded at a cost of Rs.42.06 crore. These will benefit 7.69 lakh citizens of rural Punjab.
- Solid waste management projects in 79 villages costing Rs.3.31 Cr
- Liquid waste management projects in 904 villages costing Rs.21.02 Cr
- Provision of 7152 toilets for rural schools at the cost of Rs.32.99 Cr
- Provision of water for sanitation in 467 rural schools costing Rs.5.77 crore
- Three large community sanitary complexes costing Rs.1.20 Cr were also constructed to cater the needs of visiting pilgrims in District Fatehgarh Sahib during traditional melas.
- Provision of 1330 child-friendly toilets in Anganwadis
- 14 community mobile toilet vans costing Rs.0.67 Cr for providing sanitation facilities in District Fatehgarh Sahib
- Two robotic sewerage cleaning machines were dedicated to District Muktsar at the cost of Rs.62 Cr
IEC and Capacity Building Activities: Intensive IEC and capacity building activities were conducted in the villages to build awareness amongst the communities about the importance of water and sanitation in their daily lives. While awareness campaigns such as Chalo sanjhe pakhane baniye (lets construct community sanitary complexes), events recognizing champions, and formulation of Gram Panchayat Development Plans were also made. In addition, all important days such as International Women’s Day, Girl Child Day and World Toilet Day were celebrated to create mass awareness among the communities.
Inputs: State SBM team