BHUBANESWAR: With the threat of jaundice on the rise, Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo reviewed the situation of the Capital City in a high-level meeting here on Friday.
Public Health Engineering Organisation (PHEO) officials have been instructed to test the water quality in high-rise buildings and submit a report within a month.
PHEO has also been asked to separate the water supply corridors from the sewerage lines. A leak or damage in either of the pipelines can lead to water contamination.
BMC Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena said PHEO has been instructed to provide water supply through stand posts in slums of the Capital. The defunct tubewells in the city will also be repaired on war footing and the Corporation will provide the funds for the same, he added.
Similarly, BMC has been directed to depute its food inspectors to review the food being sold at roadside eateries. Since water contamination is the main source for the spread of jaundice, food provided in these eateries will be examined carefully, Jena said.