Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday inaugurated the “Drink From Tap” mission in Puri, making it “the primary metropolis in India” to achieve 24/7 quality drinking water supply, an official said.
The initiative to provide water supply adhering to “Quality Standards of IS 10500” will benefit the city’s 2.5- lakh population and 2 crore tourists who visit the holy place annually, he said.
Inaugurating the mission via video conference, Mr Patnaik said providing drink-from-tap quality water to every household was a transformative project and a step in the direction of making Puri a world-class heritage city.
“Puri residents, vacationers and pilgrims can now drink water from faucets throughout town, be it at residence or throughout the consuming water fountains. It has been my dream to offer piped water to each family in Odisha and that is now turning right into a actuality,” he said.
Pilgrims will have access to 120 drinking water fountains set up by the state all along the Grand Road and other hotspots, an official release said.
Provision of safe drinking water will help prevent the use of three crore plastic bottles, eliminating 400 metric tonnes of plastic waste and reducing the state’s carbon footprint, it said.
The initiative is set to provide drinking water to every household in Odisha across all 114 urban local bodies, with an inclusive mandate covering all slum households, the release said.
“Puri has turn out to be the primary metropolis in India to implement the state-of-the-art expertise, which permits individuals to drink instantly from the faucet high quality 24/7 water,” the statement said.
Apart from Puri, the mission is also on its way to success in 16 other cities covering a population of 40 lakh, it said.
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, the release said.
“Real-time water high quality might be displayed at public locations by means of LCD screens to make sure public confidence and a mass shift from bottled water to faucet water,” it added.
Officials mentioned underprivileged ladies from self-help teams who’re designated as ”Jalsaathis” have been employed and educated for meter studying, income assortment, conducting discipline water high quality assessments and sensitising individuals.
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