On Tuesday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the “Sujal”- Drink From Tap Mission scheme for providing 24 hours supply of quality drinking water in all urban areas of the state.
The ‘Drink from Tap’ programme was launched at Salia Sahi in Bhubaneswar and Mas Chandi in Puri.
Speaking at the event, the CM Naveen Pattnaik said that the scheme would benefit more than 1.8 lakh households in Bhubaneswar and Puri.
“Odisha is going to be the first state in country by March 2022 to provide piped water connections to all urban areas in the state. ‘Drink from Tap Mission’ will be complemented in 15 other cities with the cost of Rs 1,300 crore, which will benefit more than 1.5 million people in the state,” he said.
He also stated that the state has already provided piped water to all households in Bhubaneswar, Gopalpur, Digapahandi, and Kashinagar.
“‘Drink from Tap Mission’ to be implemented phase-wise in all parts of the state.
Durga Shankar Mishra Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs also joined the launch event through video-conferencing.
According to the Housing and Urban Development Department, UNICEF would provide technical cooperation to government of Odisha for implementating the “drink from tap” program, which aims at delivering piped quality drinking water supply to each household on a 24-hour basis, in the first phase 1.20 lakh people are going to benefit.”
“The use of technology, the use of water resources, energy conservation, the control of waterborne diseases, and so on, can be drastically changed,” said Mishra while addressing the event.
UNICEF would provide technical cooperation government of Odisha for implementation of the “drink from tap” program, which aims at delivering piped quality drinking water supply to each household on a 24-hour basis.