Berhampur, April 29 (Localwire): Berhampur residents, who don’t have water supplies in their homes, will start getting piped water connections from June 15, while the entire process will be completed by September, an official said on Monday.
Water supplies to 12 out of 40 wards under the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) will start from June 15 when the Janibili water project is completed.
Rest will be covered in phases by September, said Sitaram Panda, the executive engineer of public health and engineering department (PHED).
The Rs 490-crore Janibili water project was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on March 3.
As per the project, water will be brought from the Janibili reserve, some 55 km from here, through underground pipes to a 60-million-liter capacity treatment plant at Jagadalapur on the outskirts of the city.
Next, a 232-km pipe network will be laid to supply the treated water from over a dozen underground and overhead tanks, said Panda.
Around 156-km pipeline have already been laid, he said.
Meanwhile, PHED is drawing around 10 mld water from Janibili to tide over the current water crisis in the city.
Water demand has increased recently due to the month-long Thakurani Yatra which saw thousands of devotees arriving in the city from across the state to participate in the rituals.
During the festival, water was supplied through tankers in the city.
Panda said at least 12 tankers were pressed into service to meet the additional demand.
Besides Janibili, Dakhinapur and Rushikulya reserves also supply water to the city.