The Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), an ambitious project by the central government, has been progressing swiftly in south Kashmir’s Shopian as 14 water supply schemes have been completed so far and 48 underway in the district.

Local based news agency CNS quoted officials as saying that approximately 60% of the 300 crore rupees project, aimed at providing drinking water to the residents, has been spent since last year.

They said that five villages in the district have already received connections under this initiative.

“A substantial amount of 93 crore 38 lakh 40 thousand rupees has been utilised for the project, and 14 water supply schemes have been successfully concluded in villages such as Chak Keller, Chak Mastpora, and others,” the officials said, adding that the ongoing work involves 34 filtration plants, expected to be finished by June.

“Furthermore, progress is underway on OHT tanks, with one already completed. Out of the 65 schemes planned for numerous villages, 24 have been finished, and work on the remaining 41 is being expedited on an emergency basis.”

The officials informed that Kangnu, Chitragam, Nogam, Gatipora, and Vaidpora are among the villages where hundreds of households have received water connections through JJM.

Executive Engineer Abdul Rashid commended the dedication of field staff and resources and said that 14 emergency schemes for drinking water supply were completed within a year.

“The entire centrally assisted mission will be completed by June, with consumer benefits expected to commence in July,” he added.