Jagatsinghpur, May 16 (LocalWire): Fani brought along with it incessant rain and pools of water but the coastal villages in Jagatsinghpur district that are surrounded by water, are in want of pure drinking water.
The woes of cyclone-affected villagers have been multiplied by acute shortage of drinking water in different villages. Women have to walk more than 2 to 3 kms to fetch water.
There are 255 pipe water projects in this district but due to non-restoration of power supply, piped water projects are not functioning and people are facing water crisis in rural areas.
Jadatira village of Tirtol block, Pankpal, Kujang, Badapal of Kujang and Kanaguli, Khurant of Ersama complained that piped water schemes were installed two years ago but the construction of many of these projects have not yet been completed due to negligence of officials and funds crunch.
Though RWSS department activated nearly 13704 tube wells but these are pumping saline water and people in Erasama, Balikuda, Kujang, Paradip areas cannot use it for drinking purposes. They are, therefore, depending on the water supplied by RWSS through tanker.
The villagers of these coastal villages are suffering from skin diseases and diarrhoea after using contaminated water. Supply of drinking water by the PHD and RWSS departments is also very irregular.
Assistant Engineer of RWSS, Abhimanyu Das said, ‘Out of 29 piped water projects, 28 are functioning while. Despite these projects, several villages under Erasama block are still facing acute water scarcity so drinking water is being supplied to the affected people of Gadharishpur, Gadbishnupur and other panchayats through tankers’.
The PHED department of Paradip Port Trust announced they will supply drinking water once per day due. Shortage of drinking water forced the residents of the port city to purchase drinking water at a higher rate from the local market.