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34% people have access to safe drinking water in Kashmir: Census Survey

Bureau Report

Agence India Press


Srinagar: Only 34.7 per cent of the total population in Jammu and Kashmir has access to safe drinking water, according to a census report.


While addressing a press conference Joint Director of Census Jammu and Kashmir C.S Sapru said, “Only 34.7 percent of the state’s population is consuming water from the treated sources while as 29.2 get water from untreated sources.”


According to the survey done by the department, of 20,15,088 households in Jammu and Kashmir, 9,70,643 households have water taps available within their premises, 5,78,386 have water taps near the households while 4,66,059 households have water tap availability away from the households. Around 63.9 percent of the state’s households have access to tap drinking water.


Giving the details about the growth of health structures like hospitals, dispensaries, primary health centers, Sapru said that there are only 6,278 health centers and hospitals for about 12million people of the state.


Sapru said that the state was presently lacking the number of health centers as 2,000 persons get treated by a single health center.


The data revealed that the state was facing huge sanitation problem as only 50percent of the populace has availability of latrine.


“Out of 20, 15,088 households in the state, 10, 31,297 households have access to latrines but 9, 83,791 don’t,” Sapru added.


The survey further revealed that out of the households with drainage facilities, 2,53,349 use closed drainage systems while 7,10,735 use open drainage systems.


He was releasing the decadal (2001-2011) census figures on housing and household amenities. (AIP News)


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