Second Water Plant Okayed by Centre
The proposal for a 15-MLD water treatment plant submitted by Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) was approved by Central Public Health and Engineering Organisation (CPHEO) after a year.
The proposed plant will be constructed at PHED ground in Ainthapali at an estimated cost of Rs 38.81 crore. It includes treatment plant, underground sumps and overhead tanks.
The proposed plant is meant for the areas which are not covered by the Greater Sambalpur Drinking Water Project.
Executive Engineer of PHED Hadibandhu Behera said the project would be expedited once the model code of conduct is over and hoped that the second plant would resolve the water problem in the entire town.
Although Sambalpur does not have water scarcity with the demand pegged at 28 MLD against 42 MLD installed capacity of the Greater Sambalpur Drinking Water Project, there are some loopholes in the distribution of water.
With the town expanding fast, certain areas have developed in far off places and supply to those areas are posing problem owing to technical problem like water pressure.
Under the circumstances, many areas are deprived of their quota of water. It is expected that once the second project is commissioned, there will be equitable distribution of water.