Cuttack: A picture of a remote area comes to our mind whenever we think about drinking water woes in Odisha. But the residents of a locality in Cuttack have been grappling with acute water shortage since decades. Though pipelines have been laid, the residents of Bidanasi Nayak Sahi under ward no.1 of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) are yet to get proper drinking water supply.
With no other options, the locals are now depending on open wells and tube wells to meet their daily drinking water requirements. Though Cuttack is included under the AMRUT scheme, it is yet to be extended to Bidanasi area, alleged local residents.
“We are facing lot of difficulties in getting adequate drinking water. We are depending on water of wells which is not at all fit for consumption,” said a local resident.
Locals claim that it is now almost 20 years that they are facing drinking water crisis. Though pipelines were laid, water supply is yet to be provided to the locals by PHD officials. Even the elected representatives in the past have failed miserably to address the drinking water crisis in the area, they alleged.
“We had brought the issue to the notice of several corporators. But so far no step has been taken to address our grievances,” said another local resident.
When the matter was brought to the notice of Collector Bhawani Shankar Chayani, he assured to take necessary steps to resolve the drinking water issue of the residents.
“I will ask PHD officials to take immediate measures to resolve the drinking water issues in that locality,” said Chayani.
Meanwhile, the work for laying of pipelines and completion of the drinking water project has now been undertaken by the PHD officials.
(Edited By Ramakant Biswas)