Falling Water Level Increases People's Hardship

The district is facing acute water crisis due to plummeting groundwater level and rising temperature.

Published: 08th April 2016 06:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th April 2016 07:02 AM   |  A+A-


JHARSUGUDA: The district is facing acute water crisis due to plummeting groundwater level and rising temperature. All ponds, wells, canals and borewells in several areas of the district have also dried up.

Sources said around 15 water supply projects and 119 borewells in rural areas are out of order. While the only source of water supply by tankers is not feasible in villages, the drinking water supplied in peripheral areas of MCL and OPGC is not sufficient to meet the requirements.

District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) sources said out of 6,555 tubewells in five blocks of the district, 119 are lying defunct. Similarly, the borewells are not working properly due to electrical snags. As a result, villagers are waiting for hours together in the scorching heat to fetch a bucket of drinking water from a few tubewells.

Sources said as many as 56 tubewells in Lakhanpur, 23 in Laikera, 29 in Kolabira, six in Kirmira and five in Jharsuguda blocks are not working. Although self-employed mechanics (SEMs)/repair teams have been engaged in the gram panchayats, the tubewells are not being maintained regularly.

Similarly, in rural areas, out of 180 pipe water supply projects, 15 projects are not working. Laikera block is the worst affected with eight water supply projects lying defunct. At least four pipeline systems in Jharsuguda block, two in Kolabira and one in Kirmira blocks have been damaged.

Locals have demanded before the district administration to ensure drinking water supply by repairing the damaged-projects on a war footing.

Meanwhile, Jharsuguda MLA Naba Kishore Das on Wednesday reviewed various water supply projects at a meeting with the officers of Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) and Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS). Das asked the officials to take necessary measures to streamline the water supply projects and engage tankers to supply water in the affected areas immediately.

Collector B B Patnaik, PD DRDA JR Pradhan, engineers of PHED and RWSS and BDOs were present at the meeting.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp