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Paradip reeling under water crisis

With the rise in mercury level, the bustling industrial hub is reeling under severe water crisis.

To make the matter wore, the pipe lines have developed cracks in strategic places with huge volume of water gushing out of it. As the sheer wastage of water goes on unabated, domestic water tapes are going dry.

The supply of water from port-run public health engineering department is erratic and falls short of daily requirement of residents here. Whatever is being supplied is full of muddy and waste contents and is unfit for human consumption.

To aggravate the situation further is the appearance of major cracks on the pipelines. The ruptured pipelines have led to the formation of artificial streams drastically squeezing out precious water that otherwise would have reached the doorsteps in water-scarce areas in the port town.

If the things are bad in urban residential areas, situation is worse in slum clusters lying on the fringes of the port town.

The slum clusters such as Badapadia, Nua bazaar, Nehru Bangala, Bangalipada, Sandhakuda, Lockpada are not covered under pipe-water supply scheme run by PHED. With dip in ground water level, the tube wells have gone dry. The water tankers pressed in by the municipal authorities are sole drinking water source for over 75,000 slum dwellers who comprise the principal human resource source for the port town.  

“Authorities are insensitive to people’s plight. Before the onset of summer, pipelines were repaired hurriedly. Quality of repair and maintenance works was left much to be desired. As a result, the mended portions of the pipelines failed to withstand the velocity of water flow and got ruptured”, said Harihar Rout a local resident.

Authorities maintained that works to plug the pipelines work are on a war-footing. The water that is getting wasted would be saved. Besides it would reduce the threat of water getting contaminated.

“The port town is experiencing the water shortage. This was due to depletion of water table in Taladanda canal. Situation has been considerably improved now. We are trying our best to tackle the situation”, informed Executive Engineer, port public health engineering department (environment and civil), Gangadhar Sethy.

There has been drastic fall in the water level both at the Taladanda canal and three water-carrying reservoirs in the port town. As against 3 million gallon litres of daily requirement of drinking water to meet with the people’s needs, hardly 2 million gallon litres are being generated every day. This had triggered the crisis. The situation would return to normalcy in a day or two, he said.
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