Puducherry Becomes ‘Har Ghar Jal’ Union Territory


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    Recently, Puducherry has achieved the target of 100% piped water connection(Har Ghar Jal’ ) in rural areas under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).

    Major Points 

    • The Puducherry becomes the fourth State/UT after Goa, Telangana and Andaman & Nicobar Islands to provide assured tap water supply to every rural home under Union Government’s flagship programme, Jal Jeevan Mission(JJM).
      • Punjab, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu cross milestone of covering 75% of rural homes with assured tap water supply
    • Puducherry’s achievement is a timely indicator of JJM’s success as people living in rural areas can practice regular hand washing at home and maintain physical distance by avoiding crowds at public stand posts. 
      • The UT of Puducherry is now planning for effective treatment & reuse of greywater coming out of homes. 

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    About Jal Jeevan Mission.

    • It is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Jal Shakti which aims to provide tap water connection to every rural household by 2024.
      • It was announced by the Prime Minister in  2019.
    • It will be based on a community approach to water and will include extensive Information, Education and communication as a key component of the mission
    • The programme will also implement source sustainability measures as mandatory elements, such as recharge and reuse through greywater management, water conservation, rainwater harvesting.


    • All the regions of Puducherry were under French rule for 138 years.
      • On November 1, 1954, the French possessions in India were transferred to the Indian Union and became a Union Territory. But only in 1963, Puducherry became officially an integral part of India.
    • The Union Territory of Puducherry comprises the former French establishments of  Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam.
      •  The four regions are at different locations, geographically separated from each other.

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    • Puducherry, the capital of the Territory was once the original headquarters of the French in India, is situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal.
    • The main languages spoken here are Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English and French.
    • Pondicherry is a peaceful city. It is referred to by names such as ‘Quintessence of French Culture’, ‘India’s Little France’ and ‘The French Riviera of the East.
    •  Still, it has the French flavour in it as one can see by the grand colonial mansions, beautiful boulevards, and placid promenades, spellings on signboards and buildings, names of roads and public places.

    Source: PIB