Water crisis in Western Orissa; Steel City “Rourkela” faces acute water shortage

May 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

Following is a report from http://expressbuzz.com:

ROURKELA: The cry for drinking water in the Steel City is getting shriller with the rise in mercury levels. Dry pockets of the city have been feeling the pinch with the temperature hovering above 41 degree Celsius in the past few days.

The fall in ground water table has only aggravated the matter as authorities are struggling to meet the soaring demand for the elixir of life. Sources said while drinking water supply at residential colonies like Basanti, Chhend and Koel Nagar is manageable, the situation is increasingly turning grim in the slums.

Worst is the crises in slums which are neither owned by the Rourkela municipality and South Eastern Railway (SER) nor the Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP).

A population of more than 50,000 in at least a dozen slums between Sector-5 and 7 at Golghar, Kabi Samrat Pali, Mukhi Basti, Bisra Nagar, Mahima Basti, Paharpur Basti, etc. are dependent on tube wells and open wells. Depletion in ground water table has left the beleaguered slum dwellers in the lurch.

Initially left out from the Orissa Sewerage Board Project, a population of more than 60,000 from Malgodam to Timber Colony would have to wait for the next summer to get piped water. Former District Youth Congress president Biren Senapati is caustic at the snail’s pace of work and insincerity of local administration. He pointed out that pipes laid between Bisra Square to Tilaknagar were stolen long back and an overhead tank at Tilaknagar is left abandoned at the foundation stage.

The PHED is supplying 38 million litters per day (MLD) to cater to the needs of authorised habitations.

PHED Executive Engineer CR Jena said for water tankers have been pressed into service for the slums running dry.

Amid less supply against upward surge in demand children, men and women stand for long hours in queues with buckets and containers at Madhusudanpali and Gopabandhupalli.

Water level at Madhusudanpali has receded to more than 250 feet down the earth.

Like slum dwellers at the captive township of RSP, the plight of slum people at Bondamunda area of SER and Fertilizer Township under RSP is no less grim. Amidst blame game the local administration alleges the SER and RSP of causing hindrance in pipe laying. The local administration, on the other hand, claims that SER and RSP are the hindrances in pipe laying.

Is Steel City drying up!

* Fall in ground water table aggravated water crisis * Situation turning grim in slums, manageable in bigger colonies * More than 50,000 people live in at least a dozen slums between Sector 5 and 7 * Long queues of men, women and children with containers a common sight.

Entry filed under: Acute Water Shortage, Industries and mineral resources, Jharsuguda, Natural and Man-Made Disasters, Region watch, Sundergarh, Water Resources.

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