Kendrapara, Sept 25 (LocalWire): The three-year-old solar powered-pump at Chatarachakoda village under Derabishi block of Kendrapara district has become defunct recently inconveniencing around 40,000 villagers who depend on it for their drinking water supply.
The drinking water project was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on 15 March 2016. The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation department had spent Rs 1. 29 crores to build this pump, powered by solar energy, with the help of Hyderabad-based Adithi Solar Private limited.
‘Till the arrival of solar pump, villagers used to fetch water from bore-wells. But now we get water straight from the taps after the installation of the solar pump in our village. A committee was formed in the panchayat to manage the solar pump. Lack of proper maintenance led to the non- functioning of the solar pump,’ said Gitanjali Das the former sarpanch of Chatarachakoda gram panchayat.
The pump helped to lift water up to a height of 29 metres and took two-and-half-hours to fill an over-head water tank of one lakh litre capacity.
The solar water pump pulled water from the borewell to the overhead tank and then supplied drinking water to individual houses.
The solar pump worked automatically, activated by a sensor whenever the water level in the overhead tank depleted. But since two weeks it is defunct due to some technical snag.
‘We have written a letter to our head office at Bhubaneswar. A team of officials will soon visit the village to repair the solar system,’ said Saroj Kumar Mohapatra, an engineer of RWSS department at Kendrapara.
‘Government installed solar pumps for drinking water in several villages as several pumps in many areas did not work due to erratic power outages. But now we are in trouble since the solar power pump is not working,’ said Purnananda Behera the Sarpanch of Chatarachakoda gram panchayat.
‘The villagers of Gobindapur, Gopalajew, Hatimelaka, Chatara and others are in a quandary since drinking water supply has been disrupted,’ said Harekrushna Das of Gobindapur.