Chief Secretary sets benchmark for drinking water during summer

State

Bhubaneswar, Mar 20

The Odisha government today set the bench mark for drinking water supply in both rural and urban areas during the ensuing summer.

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi categorically directed the Collectors and officers of Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Supply department during a videoconference that there should be “no scarcity of drinking water either actual or perceived” during the summer.

Padhi said the Collectors have been delegated with all powers for drilling of new tube wells, sanitary wells and repair & maintenance of all drinking water sources and sufficient fund have been kept in respective panchayats for the purpose.

He said the rate contract for procurement of spare parts has also been finalized and a Block level committee under the chairmanship of BDO will procure the materials.

“The Collectors should pull these resources and ensure adequate supply of drinking water in all areas,” Padhi told the officials.

He gave strict instructions that all SEMs should act proactively for repair and maintenance of the existing drinking water sources and directed the Collectors to disengage those SEMs who do not perform as per the level of expectation and substitute them  with the new ones.

They were also advised to engage mobile repair vans with clear branding in Odia “ Pani Jala Jogana Maramati Gadi” in each Block and a prepare a proper route chart for movement of the vehicle touching all panchayats.

The District and Block officers were further asked to engage water tankers in most difficult areas where the interventions cited above are not adequate to cater the drinking water need.

In that case there should be 2 types of tankers – one static tanker at key location of the village and another vehicle-mounted mobile water supply to supply water twice in a day – once during morning and once during the evening hours.

All Blocks will designate nodal officers for each Panchayat and there would be a 24-hour control room at the block level and Sarpanch of the respective Panchayat will take stock of the ground level reality on every Friday at 11 AM.

The BDO will review the situation on every Saturday at 11 AM and Collector will take the review every Tuesday at 11 AM.

“All districts must send the report to Government on drinking water situation by Wednesday afternoon of every week,” the Chief Secretary directed.

Housing & Urban Development Secretary Mathivathanan made it clear that control rooms should start functioning from today in all ULBs. Preventive maintenance of all drinking water sources must be completed before March end.

The Collectors were advised to monitor the daily water supply situation to each ward of all ULBs and daily upload these data in the official website of H&UD departments for public view.

The SOP already issued to all ULBs should be followed scrupulously without fail.

The Chief Secretary further directed to complete formation of ward level Water & Sanitation Committees in each ULB and identify Water Monitors preferably from among the Women SHGs.

The Collectors were further asked to ensure issuance of outcome certificates of the newly constructed water supply projects in ULBs after actual field verification by a 4-member team consisting of PHEO Engineer, concerned Executive Officer, Corporator/Councillor and representative of Collector.

Panchayati Raj Secretary Deo Ranjan Singh clarified that Government instructions have already been issued during the month of February, 2018 regarding drinking water management in water scarcity and partially covered villages.

While drilling new tube wells, care should be taken for 100 per cent coverage of all partially covered villages on saturation mode, he said adding, “Making the existing sources functional is more important than creating new sources.”

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