CUTTACK: With jaundice scare looming large over the Millennium City, Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Central Range Akhil Bihari Ota has directed officials concerned to ensure leak-free pipe water supply within April 31 to check the spread of the disease.
At a review meeting held here recently, Ota directed Public Health Department (PHD) officials to undertake repair/replacement work of damaged pipelines on a war footing.
After April 31, water supply pipes from distribution to delivery points of each individual household will be checked and verified. Those having leaking pipes will be notified through an advertisement to repair the damage at their own cost within 15 days. If they fail to comply in time, the district administration will take step for disconnection of the water supply, Ota told officials.
To check overflowing of drain water, which comes in contact with leaking pipes and increases the risk of contamination, the RDC directed authorities of Cuttack Municipality to take up desilting work and clear the clogged drains within May 15. Ota also asked officials to disconnect vulnerable drinking water pipelines and take up repair and replacement work instantly. He directed for provision of drinking water through tankers to check the spread of jaundice.
Besides emphasising on distribution of adequate halogen tablets and other water purifying agents, Ota advised to open a separate ward in SCB Medical College and Hospital for providing treatment to jaundice patients.
Among others, Cuttack Collector Nirmal Chandra Mishra, CMC Commissioner Gyana Das, DMET officials and Engineers of PHD and JICA project were present.