Vikash Sharma

The Odisha government has set a target to extend piped drinking water supply to all by the end of 2024, informed Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department Minister Pradip Kumar Amat in the Odisha Assembly on Tuesday.

According to Amat, 191 out of 207 mega piped water supply projects worth Rs 33000 crore are currently under implementation while 16 have been completed. It is targeted to complete 25 mega projects by March 2024 while the rest will be finished by 2025.

According to the Minister, there is provision to set up a tube well for an area with a population of 70. There is no obstacle to setting up tube wells and directions have been issued to Collectors and other officials to set up tube wells if there are any issues. Around 16659 villages have been covered under the piped water supply.

Arrangements for providing drinking water through tankers are also being made and gram panchayats and zilla parishads have been empowered with the requisite funds. If there is any specific complaint, people can lodge their grievances using the Helpline number 1916, the Minister said.

On Monday, Odisha Governor in his address on the first day of the Odisha Assembly’s Budget session said that the state government is taking steps to supply safe drinking water to all rural households through functional household tap connections by 2025.

So far, 69% of rural households, 68% of schools, 59% anganwadi centres of the state and all the gram panchayat offices have been provided with drinking water tap connections.