Puri 1st Indian city with ‘drinkable tap water’ 24X7
ମହାପ୍ରଭୁ ଶ୍ରୀଜଗନ୍ନାଥଙ୍କ ଧାମ ସବୁଠାରୁ ଆଗରେ। ଆଜି ପୁରୀରେ ଡ୍ରିଙ୍କ୍ ଫ୍ରମ୍ ଟ୍ୟାପ୍ ପ୍ରକଳ୍ପ ଉଦ୍ଘାଟନ କରି ମାନ୍ୟବର ମୁଖ୍ୟମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ଶ୍ରୀ ନବୀନ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ ଏହା କହିଛନ୍ତି। ଏହି ପ୍ରକଳ୍ପ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକାରୀ ହେବାରେ ପୁରୀ ହେଉଛି ଦେଶର ପ୍ରଥମ ସହର। ଏହି ପ୍ରକଳ୍ପ ଯୋଗୁ ପିଇବା ପାଣି ଗଚ୍ଛିତ ତଥା ଫିଲଟର୍ କରିବା ମଧ୍ୟ ଆବଶ୍ୟକ ନାହିଁ। pic.twitter.com/HBuq2KjYHj
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Bhubaneswar: Now, people in temple town Puri can drink water directly from the tap and there is no need to store or filter the water as the facility is available round the clock, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here on Monday. With this, the Jagannath Dham also became the first city in India to provide “drink from tap” quality water 24X7, he said, while inaugurating the “Drink from Tap — Sujal” project in the town through video conferencing mode.
“Puri now joins the league of global cities like London, Singapore and New York, which is a matter of pride for all of us. Today, a new chapter has been added in the development history of not only Puri, but the whole of Odisha. From today, all families in the Jagannath Dham Puri have got access to quality drinking water through taps,” Naveen said.
The Chief Minister said his Government has enhanced the budgetary allocation under drinking water supply by 20 times in the past five years, from Rs 200 crore to Rs 4,000 crore. This transformative initiative of Odisha Government’s ‘Sujal’ or ‘Drink From Tap’ mission falls under the 5T governance mantra and is set to benefit the city’s 2.5 lakh local population and 2 crore tourists who visit the holy city annually.
The Government has set up 400 drinking water fountains in various places of the city. This provision of safe drinking water will further help prevent the usage of plastic bottles eliminating 400 metric tonnes of plastic waste, he said. Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) have been designated as “Jalsaathis” and they have a major role to play for the success of the project, he added.
Underprivileged women from Self Help Groups, part of Mission Shakti, designated as Jalsaathis, have been hired as a key community link between public and the Government on a performance-based and incentive-linked programme that furthers Odisha’s long standing commitment to women empowerment and inclusion.
Apart from Puri, the mission is being implemented in 16 other cities across Odisha covering its 40 lakh population, said State Housing and Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena.
The State Government is ensuring stringent quality control through technology-based, real-time surveillance. There will be a quick response team, comprising mobile crews set up for prompt redressal of leakages, quality of water, pressure supply and other issues.
“Real-time water quality will be displayed at public places by way of LCD screens to ensure public confidence and a mass shift from bottled water to tap water,” sources said.