Odisha Government has issued a directive to ensure piped drinking water supply to all urban areas of the state by March 2019, to avoid the summer water crisis in several parts.
At the moment drinking water projects of 2,700 crore are under implementation in different urban areas by the Public Health Engineering section of Urban Development Department.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the department to meet the target after a review at a high-level meeting at the Secretariat. The Chief Minister also asked the Urban Development department to ensure completion of drinking water projects in water scarce areas before the summer this year. The revised decision is expected to benefit 70 lakh people residing in urban areas.
As per the reports the 431 crore drinking water project for Berhampur city, largest city in the southern parts of the state, will be operational by November, 2018.
The project will cater to the drinking water needs of the city till 2045. As per the project plan water will be drawn from Janibili diversion wire, about 55 km from Berhampur through underground pipes and a 60 mld capacity treatment plant will be constructed on the outskirts of city.
In the high-level meeting, it was also decided that drinking water projects for Baripada, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Jharsuguda being implemented at a cost of 318 crore will be completed by March, 2019.
Besides, drinking water projects estimated at 342 crore for Brajrajnagar, Belpahar, Rajgangpur, Sundargarh and Biramitrapur towns will also be made operational by March, 2019.