The BMC will set up 100 temporary drinking water kiosks (jalchatras) for pedestrians in Bhubaneswar as the mercury has started to show its rising trend. Last year, too, the kiosks were set up in March.
The proposed kiosks will start functioning from March 24 and will serve people till June 15. People will get water free of cost from 8.30am to 4pm every day.
The civic body has decided to set up the kiosks in public-private-partnership mode. Nearly 64 organisations have expressed interest in the project. The corporation officials further indicated that nearly 30 private partners would be selected to ensure smooth functioning of the kiosks.
- The proposed kiosks will start functioning from March 24 untill June 15
- Availability of water from 8.30am to 4pm every day
- Supply of safe drinking water through water tankers to all the kiosks on a regular basis
- Cleaning the water pots on a daily basis and their re-filling at the right time
- Creation of WhatsApp group to ensure smooth functioning and continuous monitoring of the kiosks
- Setting up an air-conditioned ward and provide additional doctors at the municipal hospital near Lingaraj Temple
Jena presided over a preparatory meeting on fighting the heat wave conditions in the city earlier this week. He asked officials to co-operate with each other and ensure proper functioning of the kiosks.
We have decided to rope in private partners for smooth functioning of the drinking water kiosks. Things such as earthen pots and tumblers will be provided by the municipal corporation, while the manpower will be taken care of by the private parties.
Ananta Narayan Jena, BMC Mayor
The Public Health Engineering Organisation (PHEO) has been asked to ensure smooth supply of safe drinking water. The supply process will be divided into three zones of the city for which respective zonal commissioners will remain responsible.
According to a PHEO official, safe drinking water will be supplied through water tankers to all the kiosks on a regular basis. The authorities have emphasized on cleaning the water pots on a daily basis and their re-filling at the right time so that public does not face any form of inconvenience.
Moreover, officials of the civic body have decided to create a WhatsApp group to ensure smooth functioning and continuous monitoring of the kiosks.
Not just human, birds and animals would also benefit from the proposed kiosks. A few voluntary organisations have floated the idea.
The idea of setting up drinking water facilities for birds and animals is a noble move by the civic body. I hope others would also think similarly.
Bhanu Panda, an animal lover
The corporation has also decided to set up an air-conditioned ward and provide additional doctors at the municipal hospital near Lingaraj Temple to treat sunstroke patients.
Courtesy: The Telegraph