KL Dubey wrote:VenkataS wrote:
Surprisingly Telangana is doing very well much better than AP/TN/KA in terms of percentage of households having tap connections! I wonder why?
West Bengal and the other states in orange are very low in terms of percentage!
I am not sure I really believe this data. GOI seems to be underestimating things, or interpreting data differently.
E.g., I doubt whether tap water connection coverage in KL is only 26% of households. Not that KL is a paradise, but this seems way too low given the level of urbanization. If you click the states you also get district-level maps, which in many cases don't make a lot of sense.
I think they may be just showing the number of metered connections ? A lot of people may be having "jugaadi" water connections/pilferage from the main line.
I think they are counting it is as piped (and treated) water supply via the municipal body/panchayat. Then it makes sense for a state like TN - outside of Chennai/CBE/Madurai, there is not much of an underground water supply system. But most houses and older apartments have wells (this is true even in large cities like Chennai) and do have overhead tanks, piping, etc. And drinking water is delivered via tankers/cans/etc wherever underground supply is not present. So people living in these units don't necessarily step out to fetch water for their day-to-day needs. This is generally true of even small towns and most villages.
That said, if TN/KL/KA show low % connections, due to the above factors, it should also be quicker to connect them effectively as all the govt needs to do is to lay pipelines and connect the house mains, and everything is complete. As opposed to having to build the infra within the house as well. This was one of the challenges with SBM toilets as well, if one went by what they showed in the "Toilet, Ek Prem Katha" film.