House panel takes stock of drinking water facility in Cuttack

Cuttack: The 14-member Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Odisha Assembly on Monday visited Cuttack city to review the progresses made in providing drinking water facilities and to review the progress made in the ambitious Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project of Rs of over Rs 750 crore.
 
While several members of PAC, headed by chairman and opposition leader Bhupinder Singh, expressed displeasure over poor piped water facility in the city, officials were asked to ensure that the old and damaged pipes supplying drinking water to the residents were replaced immediately.
 
Engineers of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) assured them that replacement of all old and damaged pipes would be done by March 2014.
 
Similarly, the members also discussed about the progress so far been made in JICA project, which envisages construction of separate drainage and sewerage system in Cuttack with the help of technical knowhow from USA, Japan and France.
 
The project expected to be completed by 2014, is unlikely to meet the deadline, the engineers said. The PAC was informed that the project would not see the light of the day before 2017.
 
The PAC meeting witnessed an unpleasant scene when two senior BJD members Ranendra Pratap Swain of Athagarh and Pravat Ranjan Biswal of Choudwar-Cuttack – were engaged in an argument over an issue.
 
Swain even during the meeting threatened to walk away, if members raise personal matters to be discussed. However, with intervention of another BJD member Sanjay Dasburma, the warring members cooled down.