Jagatsinghpur, Sept 6 (LocalWire): To meet the water crisis in urban areas, Jagatsinghpur district administration conducted a coordination meeting today among all departments to improve water supply by using surface water instead of ground water.
The meeting was attended by engineers of PHED, RWSS , engineers of Paradip Port Trust, Mahanadi South Irrigation division, tehilsdars of Jagatsinghpur, Raghunathpur, Kujang and executive officers of both Jagatsinghpur and Paradip municipality.
During discussions, it was decided to check the water source, quantity and the availability and to find the sources feasibility for use of drinking purposes.
It has been decided to use surface water from Mahanadi river from Tarapur under Raghunathpur block for Jagatsinghpur municipality area and a water treatment plant will be set up at Taradapada.
Similarly, surface water of Mahanadi from Tartol under Tirtol area will be used for residents of Paradip Municipality and a water treatment plant will be set up at Bhutmundei under Kujang tehsil.
Collector Sangram Keshari Mohapatra has asked local tehsildars to identify land to set up the plants in Taradapada and Bhutmundei.
Sources said the ground water in different wards of Jagatsinghpur and Paradip municipality areas are depleting.
Shockingly, both shallow and deep tube wells including pipe water projects have been sucked dry.
The administration has, therefore, stressed on using surface water for drinking water purposes.
There is acute drinking water crisis in Kherasa, Atamala, Markandpur, Mukundpur, Sujang, Ohala and other villages under Jagatsinghpur municipality due to depletion of ground water.
The 18 wards of Paradip municipality have been affected by drinking water crisis due to receding ground water level.
Rising number of industries have also led to the depletion of ground water.
Mohapatra has also asked the executive engineers of PHED and RWSS departments to submit project proposals within seven days for preparation of DPR at the cost of Rs 10 lakhs which will be presented to the state urban department for approval.
Steps will also be taken to seek permission from the water resource department to use the water of Mahanadi river for drinking purposes and the National Highway authority of to use the highways for laying pipeline for the said projects.