The Haryana government has decided to waive off the water connection fee of Rs 500 for all categories of households in rural areas so as to give them free water connection up to March 31 next year.
A decision to this effect has been taken to give boost to the water conservation campaign being implemented in the state,Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said on Saturday. During the water conservation campaign launched from December 2012 to January 2013,1,35,587 connections were sanctioned in rural areas.
Under the Indira Gandhi Drinking Water scheme launched by the state government in November 2006,10.36 lakh SC households in rural and urban areas are being provided water connections free of cost, said Hooda.
Under the scheme,a 200-litre water tank is being provided in the premises of Scheduled Castes households. In addition,a 50 per cent concession on water charges has been given to them.
Hooda said that the scheme has now been re-christened and become a part of the larger definition covered under the Special Component Sub Plan. To encourage the people to take private water connections,water conservation policy was introduced in the State during 2012.
Under this policy,water conservation awards are being given to the eligible gram panchayats who have sanctioned private water connections in minimum of 75 per cent of the households in the village and who ensure provision of taps on all private and public connections.