Srinagar, March 28, 2012: Only 34 per cent of the total population in Jammu and Kashmir have access to safe drinking water, according to a census report. Nearly 64 per cent of the total population in JK uses tap water for drinking but only 34.7 per cent get it from treated source, rest of the population uses water from hand-pumps, rivers, canals, ponds and springs, Census Department Joint Director C S Sapru today said while releasing the 2011 census data related to housing and household amenities in JK. On the sanitation front, only 52 per cent households have latrines.
1.78 lakh households, which constitutes 17 per cent of the total population, still resort to manual scavenging, he said. According to the census, number of commercial structures have increased by 50 per cent from 2.28 lakh in 2001 to 3.39 lakh last year. "This is a good indicator for the state's economy. It means commercial activity is picking up," Sapru said. However, there has been little in terms of fresh investments in the state as only 3,000 new factories and workshops have come up between 2001 and 2011, he said. There were 29,783 factories and workshops in 2001, THE numbers of which has raised to 32,913 in 2010. Over 70 per cent households in the state have telephone connections, the census said. (Source: PTI)