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
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
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.
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.