Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 11:
With frequent power cuts still continuing in most parts of the state notwithstanding the advisory issued by the Energy department to power supply utilities (discoms), the Odisha government has directed power distribution companies and the district Collectors to ensure uninterrupted power supply to rural piped water supply projects (PWSP) this summer to provide safe drinking water in the rural areas.
“It is seen that some piped water supply systems are not functioning due to non-supply of power to the projects and problems like low voltage and burning of transformers. Therefore, the matter may be looked in priority basis. Suitable instructions have been issued to the discoms to take necessary steps to sort out the problems in close coordination with the concerned officials,” said a joint letter of Rural Development secretary CJ Venugopal and Energy secretary to all the district Collectors.
The district collectors have been asked to ensure that the targeted rural beneficiaries do not suffer due to non-supply of safe drinking water from PWSPs.
Under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), the state government has sunk about 3.60 lakh tube wells and set up 9000 PWSPs to provide safe drinking water to the rural population.
Power supply utilities have refused to pay heed to the order of the Energy department to do away with power cuts and provide uninterrupted quality power to the consumers.
Meanwhile, Venugopal, in a separate letter, has asked the Collectors to ensure safe drinking water by carrying out repair and maintenance of the tube wells and piped water supply to the rural people.