The Odisha authorities sought to pat its personal again following the launch of ‘Sujal Drink From Faucet Mission’ at Puri on Monday.
As per the State authorities, the pilgrim city of Puri has now joined the league of worldwide cities like London, New York and Singapore in supplying high quality potable piped ingesting water from municipal faucets on round the clock foundation.
Nevertheless, main Opposition events within the BJD-ruled State alleged that almost 69 per cent households within the Odisha nonetheless lack piped ingesting water facility.
Although the Odisha authorities claims to be having plans to implement the formidable ‘Sujal’ challenge in 16 cities first and lengthen it to all city areas, Opposition events alleged that such initiative has been undertaken with an eye fixed on the upcoming Panchayat and concrete native physique elections within the State.
“In 21 years of BJD regime individuals of the State are nonetheless disadvantaged of ingesting water. Almost 70 per cent of the inhabitants is but to have entry to secure ingesting water. At the moment, they’ve undertaken the challenge maintaining in thoughts the upcoming elections,” mentioned BJP MLA, Mohan Majhi.
To grasp the bottom realities of the ingesting water state of affairs in Odisha, one must undergo the reply furnished by the Jal Shakti Minister in Lok Sabha to a query raised by MP Basant Panda.
Out of the 85.67 lakh rural households in Odisha, water connection or faucet water provide has been supplied to solely 26.49 lakh households which accounts for 30.93 per cent. The info clearly signifies that almost 69 per cent rural households in Odisha are but to have correct water connection by pipeline community.
The Odisha authorities has drawn Rs 830.85 crore out of the whole Rs 3,323.42 crore funds allotted by the Centre below the Jal Jeevan Mission in 2021-22.
The info of City and Housing Growth Division says that out of the whole households in 112 city areas, water provide protection has been prolonged to round 30.31 per cent households.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President, Niranjan Patnaik mentioned, “It’s only a political gimmick because the State authorities lacks intent to do one thing for the individuals.”
Responding to the allegations levelled by the Opposition events, Panchayati Raj and Consuming Water Division Minister Pratap Jena mentioned, “By 2024, we’ll present ingesting water by faucet to each family in rural areas. By March 2022, individuals in 114 city native our bodies can have entry to secure ingesting water by faucets.”