MoU signed for better drinking water supply

Berhampur: With an aim to improve drinking water supply in this city, an MoU was signed between Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Public health engineering organization (PHEO), officials said today.

The move was in tune with government’s decision to involve the urban local bodies across the state in drinking water supply system in their respective towns.

The MoU signed yesterday between BMC and PHEO was as per the government direction, they said.

“Both the organisations are now looking forward to improve the water supply position in the city and ensure water connection in the next three years,” said BMC commissioner, Anjana Panda and Executive Engineer, PH Division, Berhampur, Deba Sundar Mohapatra.

Under the MoU, PHEO would submit the quarterly and cumulative service performance parameters in a meeting of both the organisations. The corporators and officials of the corporation will extend all cooperation for this purpose. The PHEO will also involve the civic body while preparing annual budget to understand the areas specific needs.

Panda said the BMC has already formed the ward committee under the chairmanship of the local corporator for ensuing smooth drinking water supply in their respective localities. The committee would also detect the illegal domestic connection, Panda added.

Several corporators feared that they might face public ire due to shortage in water supply, particularly during the summer season, when BMC was involved in the supply system.

Mohapatra, however, dismissed the apprehension saying the city was now getting water from all sources as per its requirement. Berhampur now required from 52 to 53 million liter per day (MLD) of water. Same quantity of water is now supplied from Dakhinapur (30 mld) and Rushikulya system (25 mld), he said.