Brahmapur, Oct 30:
The problem plaguing the people in cyclone and flood ravaged Ganjam district the most, is the acute scarcity of drinking water in both rural and urban areas, including the silk city, Brahmapur.
Thousands of residents in the rural areas of the district have to wait for hours for their quota of drinking water as rural piped water supply is yet to be restored. The pipeline networks and other infrastructure were severely damaged in the cyclone and subsequent floods.
According to executive engineer Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) department Sitaram Panda, 109 out of 971 rural piped water schemes in the district have been restored till date and 271 tankers are being used to supply potable water to affected areas.
Water supply in urban areas, including Brahmapur, has been disrupted mainly owing to power failure, said official sources.
Out of the two water supply schemes that supply water to Brahmapur, the Bada Madhapur scheme has gone out of order since the day Phailin hit the district and the other Dakhinapur scheme which is operational, is supplying around 30 million litres per day(MLD).