Silk city cries for water as mercury soars

Berhampur: At a time when the activists have been emphasizing on water conservation on World Water Day on Tuesday, the scarcity of potable water has added to the woes of the people here.

As per government figures, there are 2.65 lakh tube wells provide water connectivity to households across the state. However, the ground water level is not recorded by the concerned officials in the respective areas.
“Nothing has been mentioned in the government records regarding the supply capacity of any of the tube wells. Hence, the tube wells should be decommissioned and should not be taken into account after a gap of 18-20 years,” Director of National Institute for Development Tapan Padhi said.
In the vastly populated Berhampur city, water scarcity has become a major concern for the denizens amidst the approaching summer season.
More than four lakh people from 37 wards of Berhampur Municipality are battling from water inadequacy. While the amount of water supplied to the 37 wards in the municipal area is 37 million litres, the requirement is however estimated at 50 million litres.
“Since last eight years we have been facing water insufficiency. We have to cover long distances to fetch water everyday,” Renubala Panda, resident of Panigrahi Sahi said.
“All the wells and pools dry up during summer. There is no supply of water in our area. Hence, we have to cover a long distance to fetch potable water everyday,” Manas, a resident of Panigrahi Sahi area said.
However, Berhampur Mayor Bhiman Seth has assured the people of Berhampur of providing them with potable water through tankers.
“There are 37 wards in our area. We have requisitioned 37 water tankers to provide water in all the 37 wards. The supply of water will start from April 1,” Berhampur Mayor Bhimman Seth informed.