GREATER NOIDA: The Noida administration has decided to provide piped water to nine villages soon. A survey conducted under the central scheme, Jal Jeevan Mission, found that only 12% of households in these villages had access to tap water.

The district administration had in August 2019 listed 47,540 households in Dadri, Jewar and Sadar tehsils. So far, 5,331 households have been provided with piped water. In total, 97 gram sabhas were surveyed under the Centre’s mission. While 38 villages have already got water connections in houses, the remaining 59 will be covered in phases.

“During the previous phases, Rs 82.6 crore was spent on providing water connections in these villages. The work had been commissioned by the Jal Nigam,” district magistrate Suhas LY said.

The nine villages in the Dadri and Jewar tehsils are the next in line. A fund of Rs 24.3 crore has been set aside for this project, officials said on Friday. The villages that will be connected next are Dadupur Khatana, Jaitwarpur, Muthyani, Sainthali, Umcha Amirpur and Payali Tajpur in Dadri and Dhundhera, Changauli and Rajpur Kalan in Jewar.

Anil Kumar Singh, the chief development officer of the district, said the detailed project report would be ready soon and tenders would follow next. The administration has set a deadline of August 14, 2024, to connect all rural households with piped water. The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), too, will start work on connecting the remaining urban villages with piped water. GNIDA is responsible for providing urban services to 112 villages, of which only 44 have access to water connections. Some of the villages that will have a water supply network are Accheja, Haibatpur, Milak Lacchi, Kasna, Gurjarpur, Makoda, Ladpura, Khanpur, Roza Jalalpur and Patwari, among others.

“A number of villagers have submersible pumps, while there are some families that rely on hand pumps for drinking water. Piped water is a basic necessity and GNIDA should have ensured this long ago,” said Ravinder Bhati of Roza Jalalpur village. Notified villages under the development authorities are not covered by the Jal Jeevan Mission. It is the local authority that has to provide civic services in such villages.

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