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Acute water crisis hits Jagatsinghpur dist

Statesman News Service | Jagatsinghpur |

Acute water scarcity in coastal villages of Kujang , Erasama and Balikuda areas has made life miserable for people. The acute water scarcity hits villages~ Borikina, Rahan, Titira, Khalgaon,Opandara, Osakan, Marichpur, Talgaon, Badadia,Balabhadrapur, Kusupur, Bandar, Anantpur, Naharana, Dasbatia, Tertang, Olavar, Allikana,Dua, Ambasala, Apandara, Nenedra, Nanadabedi, Amarpal of Balikuda block and Bhajakhia, Patua, Suakunda, Ghasua, Patharkanda, Salio, Saharkanda, Kadalibari, Padmapur, Gadharishpur, Nardia, Paida, Jerailo, Kunjkothi, Khurant, Kalikuda and Belari other villages of Erasama block are suffering from acute water crisis. People in certain areas have to travel up to 2 to 3kms to fetch water for their drinking and domestic needs.

Tube wells in several villages remain unused due to increased salinity in the water.Villages said to be covered under pipe water schemes are also facing water shortage as the pumps are dysfunctional complained villagers.

People of Kanaguli, Khurant of Ersama block and others have expressed that pipe water schemes have been installed since two years but these projects have not yet completed due to negligence of officials and fund crunch in which women folk have to travel up to 3 kms to fetch water for drinking water purposes.

Water bodies and wells have dried up.Supply of drinking water by the PHD and RWSS Departments by tankers is irregular and inadequate. Executive Engineer, RWSS Mr Chittaranjan Jena said the department has been providing water by tankers to 30 villages of Kujang and Erasama blocks.

Last year, out of 190, 170 tube wells have been installed while another 500 tube wells will be installed in current financial year to meet water scarcity, he said.