Water scarcity hits Orissa

April 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

This report is taken from The Pioneer:

Water scarcity has badly hit major parts of the State. In order to tackle the water scarcity and arrange drinking water for lakhs of people, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday took a review meeting and asked officials to take immediate steps so that people’s sufferings owing to water scarcity would be minimised during the ongoing summer.

Speaking to reporters, Housing and Urban Development Minister Badri Naryan Patro said that Berhampur, Sambalpur, Cuttack, Balanagir, Jharsuguda, Belpahar and Brajaraj Nagar have been affected. “With the assistance of the MCL, a barrage would be constructed for Jharsugura, Belpahar and Brajaraj Nagar,” he said.

For the Berhampur city, an ambitious plan has been chalked out. Two large ponds would be dug. Each pond would be dug in an area of 100 acres of land on the outskirts of Berhampur city within a 10 km radius. The remaining 250 crore would be spent on the digging of these two ponds.

To provide water facilities for the Balangir city, the on-going low-voltage crisis would be solved. Rs 113 crore would be spent to bring water from Naraj to the campus of NISER, IIT and villages of Jatani and Khurda.

Special squad would be formed to provide emergency services to the people of Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Puri and Balangir. More than 40 drilling machines would be taken on hire to install nearly 1000 tube-wells by the end of May. “It has been decided in principle that new divisions would be created and more staffs would be recruited in the coming days,” he said. In order to overcome land acquisition process, Chief Minister directed the officials to go for advance land possession.

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Entry filed under: Agriculture and Irrigation, Balangir, Hirakud, Industries and mineral resources, Jharsuguda, Lower Suktel irrigation project, Region watch, Sambalpur, State Watch-Monitoring the Odisha State, Water Resources.

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