Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LO AND BEHOLD, B’NGIR NOW IN DRINKING WATER CRISIS Tuesday, 18 August 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
It is common to find people experiencing water shortage in summer, but Balangir town is facing acute shortage of drinking water even these days when the monsoon season is underway.
The town requires about 13.75 Million Liters Per Day (MLD) as per an earlier estimate. The current requirement is 17 MLD.
Drinking water is supplied to the Balangir town from Nandan Nal in Sonepur district and from there it is pumped to a water treatment plant at Sibtala and from Sibtala to Keiserkela to Madhiapali and then to Balangir town. In this 48km long route, around 25 per cent water is lost due to leakage and deliberate damage to pilferage water by nearby villagers to meet their water needs, says an official here.
“We are providing 6 MLD of drinking water to Balangir town in last few days. The entire town has been divided in eight water supply zone. We have increased the duration of water supply so that wherever water is supplied the people could get sufficient drinking water and they could store for some days,” says a PHD official.
The drinking water crisis of Balangir town would be solved once the water supply project from Tel river is completed. Around 60 per cent work has been completed
and the project is expected to be completed by 2016, says the official.
With inadequate and erratic rainfall this year, agriculture operations have been badly hit and a specter of drought is looming large in the district. The drinking water crisis is attributed to the scanty rainfall as well.

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