This will be the biggest jump under the Jal Jeevan Mission, which aims to ensure universal drinking tap water connection to every rural household by 2024.
According to the Jal Shakti ministry, the target is to ensure approximately 4.1 crore village households get tap water connections during this year and 10.4 crore households by the next year. Eventually the aim will be to extend this coverage to nearly 19 crore households in the next four years.
As per the plan, all rural households in four states and UTs — Bihar, Goa, Telangana and Puducherry — will get functional tap water connections next year and another five — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Sikkim and Ladakh — will achieve this goal in 2022. A maximum of 12 states and UTs including Gujarat, Karnataka, Haryana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand will be covered in 2023. All households in the last lot of 11 states and UTs including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and West Bengal will get tap water connections in 2024.
A status document of last month shows that only 46,767 villages, 351 blocks and nine districts had 100% functional household tap water connections in rural areas.