Even though the State Government has fixed a target to provide safe drinking water to all by 2020, only 1.35% of rural households in Odisha have access to pipe water supply.
With a harsh summer ahead, the State Government has a tough task in ensuring drinking water supply to people in inaccessible and tribal dominated areas.
On top of this, the Center’s decision to stop funding under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) has put the State Government in a difficult situation.
Though the State Government has launched several schemes to provide safe drinking water to people in rural Odisha, only 1,06,787 out of the total 90,20,100 households have pipe water connection.
Official sources maintained that out of 47,149 villages in Odisha, only 17,210 have pipe water connection.
Startling Stats of Rural Odisha
- Not a single rural household in Puri, Kandhamal and Subarnapur districts has pipe water connection.
- Less than 100 households in rural areas of Balangir, Malkangiri, Nayagarh and Koraput have been provided connection.
- Less than 1000 rural households in Boudh, Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Nuapada and Sambalpur districts have pipe water connection.
- As many as 445 out of 6,234 gram panchayat (GP) headquarters are still not covered under the pipe water scheme.
Besides, as pipe water supply to 285 GP headquarters is not feasible, the Rural Development Department has taken steps to provide safe drinking water under the solar energy-based dual pump scheme.
Sources said 68 GP headquarters of Kalahandi district, 26 GPs in Kendrapara, 25 in Angul, 19 in Nuapada, 17 each in Jajpur and Keonjhar and 15 GPs in Sundargarh district are still not covered under the pipe water supply scheme.
According to the Rural Development Department, pipe water supply projects have been completed in 400 left-out GP headquarters. All the GP headquarters will be covered under the scheme by the deadline set by the State Government.
The State Government has made a budgetary allocation of Rs. 988.2 crore in 2016-17 for implementation of 600 rural water supply schemes, augmentation of 500 pipe water supply projects, construction of 300 overhead tanks and 500 iron removal units.
Water Project Completed by NGO
Earlier this week, Charity Water, an a nonprofit on a mission to bring clean drinking water, with the sponsorship of Anil Dash completed a water project in Gambhariganda Community of Gajapati district in Odisha. The project, was co-sponsored by many well-known names in the tech industry such as Matt Cutts from Google, can now help 31 families of Gambhariganda, Gajapati who used to to walk up to 2 hours to collect water. The project was started in 2013 and completed earlier this month.
Here’s a talk by Anil Dash
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Courtesy: The New Indian Express