Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Berhampur, March 8:
The drinking water crisis has become acute in Berhampur city with cracks developing in the supply pipeline across many places in the city.
When Rushikulya river, the main source of water supply to the city, is drying up, pipeline leakage and stealing of water have made the situation worse.
At present, 46 million water per day (mld) are being supplied to the city against the requirement of 55 mld.
To manage the water scarcity the Public Health Department (PHD) is supplying water through tankers, but the situation is expected to grow worse during peak summer season.
Addressing the issue, Sitaram Panda, executive engineer, PHED (Berhampur) has said that money has already been sanctioned to replace the old pipelines.
In a major development, replacement work of the 11 km long pipeline that supplies water from Kaliabali to Badamadhapur area is on progress and Berhampur Municipal Corporation has sanctioned Rs. 25 crore for the project, he concluded.