Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Mar 30:
With new cases of jaundice coming to fore almost every day in Odisha’s Cuttack, Central Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) AB Ota today reviewed the situation in the city and directed Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) authorities to sort out the hygiene issue by May 15.
He also directed the Public Health Department (PHD) to replace the dilapidated pipelines within a month.
“The district administration has formed 25 teams to visit various places in the city and check the condition of water supply pipelines. They have discovered cracks in some of the iron pipes. Some of them were also found rusting. This is the primary cause of water pollution. We have asked CMC to change these pipelines within a month,” said Ota speaking to reporters after the meeting.
“Besides, we have also asked the authorities of CMC and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to clean the drains after repairs are completed. Until then, we would facilitate drinking water through containers in areas where water pollution have been identified,” he added.
Notably, as of this morning 44 jaundice patients have been identified from various places of the city. Out of the 12 water samples sent for testing, reports have been received for five. Two of them have been tested jaundice positive.
CMC authorities, on the other hand, ordered closure of two ice factories in College Square and Madhupatna areas of the city as they were found to use untreated water to make ice. Besides, neither their working conditions were found to be hygienic not did they have necessary quality control systems.