Kendrapara, June 6 (LocalWire): Villages of the coastal pockets of Rajnagar in Kendrapara are having severe shortage of drinking water during these peak summer months.
Villagers of 29 Gram Panchayats in Rajnagar block are facing water problems due to the excessive exploitation of groundwater and ingress of salinity over the past year.
A large number of village wells have dried up in the past month, said Gopal Chandra Mishra of Rajnagar.
“Villages are facing severe groundwater shortage.
In the absence of any regulations, the sites for bore-wells are selected indiscriminately, leading to pockets of high-density of bore-wells in certain areas,” said Jagabandhu Nayak, the former block chairman of Rajnagar.
With every passing day, drinking water scarcity is becoming more acute while the salinity of the groundwater is increasing too.
“The Government’s plan to supply drinking water through pipelines at Bhitargada Gram Panchayat is moving at a snail’s pace since the beginning of the project in March 2018,” said Sangita Bal, the Sarpanch of Bhitargada Gram Panchayat.
When contacted, Dilip Kumar Samantray the Assistant Executive Engineer of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) of Rajnagar said, “Out of 1843 tube wells, 184 tube wells turned defunct this summer.
We hope the proposed water pipeline project will solve the perennial problem of groundwater salinity.”