Berhampur, July 25 (LocalWire): The government has extended the deadline for completion of the much-talked-about Janibili water supply project to February next year.
Earlier, at the time of agreement in 2016, the government had fixed the deadline to complete the Rs 490-crore project by November 2018. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the project aiming to solve the acute water scarcity of Berhampur, on 3 March.
‘The executing company had sought extension of time and the government fixed the deadline for completion of the project with household water connection by February 2020,’ said executive engineer of the project, Sitaram Panda.
The delay in completion of the project was due to the delay in getting clearance from the National Highway for laying pipes, cyclones like Titli and Fani and general elections in the state, he said. Panda, however, said work was going on in full swing.
‘We have asked the company to complete the project by supplying water to every household in the city by the end of the current year,’ he added.
The project included drawing water from the Janibili diversion wire, about 55 km from here, through underground pipes and setting up of a 60-million-litre-per day capacity treatment plant at Jagadalapur on the outskirts of the town, construction of 17 underground and 10 overhead tanks and to lay 232 km new pipeline in uncovered areas in Berhampur and its adjoining areas.
While 90% work of the treatment plant has been completed, 170 kms of the 232 km pipeline has been laid in the town. Similarly, two overhead and eight underground tanks have been completed so far, he said.
Out of 25,000 households, the pipe water has been connected to 22,300 households so far.
In a recent meeting to review the progress of the project, MP (Berhampur), Chandra Sekhar Sahu, asked the executive company to repair the roads, which are lying damaged after laying new pipes and to connect households.
Opposition political parties, including BJP and Congress have criticized the government for delay in completion of the project, as several areas of the city are reeling under water scarcity.