Bhubaneswar : Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has set the benchmark for drinking water supply both for rural
and urban areas during the ensuing summer. Sri Padhi categorically directed the Collectors and officers of
Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Supply department that there should be “no scarcity of drinking water
either actual or perceived” during the summer. Sri Padhi gave these directions over a video conferencing
today while reviewing the progress of drinking water projects in rural and urban areas. The Principal
Secretary Panchayati Raj Sri Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh and Secretary Housing & Urban Development Sri G.
Mathivathanan outlined the district wise position for review in the video conferencing held in secretariat
conference hall today.
Further Chief Secretary Sri Padhi said, “Collectors have been delegated with all powers for drilling of
new tube wells, sanitary wells and repair & maintenance of all drinking water sources. Sufficient fund have
been kept in respective Panchayats for the purpose. The rate contract for procurement of spare parts has also
been finalized. There is a bloc level committee under the chairmanship of BDO for procurement of materials.
Collectors should pull these resources and ensure adequate supply of drinking water in all areas”.
Secretary Panchayati Raj Sri Singh clarified that Government instructions have already been issued
during the month of February, 2018 regarding drinking water management in eater scarcity and partially
covered villages. While drilling new tube wells care should be taken for 100% coverage of all partially
covered villages on saturation mode. Sri Singh further mentioned that “making the existing sources functional
is more important than creating new sources”. He gave strict instructions that all SEMs should act proactively
for repair and maintenance of the existing drinking water sources. Collectors were asked to disengage those
SEMs who do not perform as per the level of expectation and substitute them by the new ones. They were
also advised to engage mobile repair vans with clear branding in Odia “ Pani Jala Jogana Maramati Gadi” in
each block and a prepare a proper route chart for movement of the vehicle touching all Panchayats.
The district and block officers were further asked to engage water tankers in most difficult areas where
the interventions cited above are not adequate to cater the drinking water need. In that case there should be 2
types of tankers- one static tanker at key location of the village and 2nd type is vehicle mounted mobile
water supply. Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed to supply water twice in a day once during morning and once
during the evening hours.
All blocks will designate nodal officers for each Panchayat and there would be a 24 hour control room
at the block level. Sarpanch of the respective Panchayat will take stock of the ground level reality on every
Friday at 11.00 A.M. BDO will review the situation on every Saturday at 11.00 A.M. and Collector will take
the review every Tuesday at 11.00A.M.. All districts must send the report Government on drinking water
situation by Wednesday afternoon of each week.
Secretary Housing & Urban Development Sri Mathivathnan made it clear that control rooms should
start functioning from today in all ULBs. Preventive maintenance of all drinking water sources must be
completed before March end. Collectors were advised to monitor the daily water supply situation to each ward
of all ULBs. This data is being daily uploaded in the official website of H& UD departments for public view.
The SOP already issued to all ULBs should be followed scrupulously without fail.
Chief Secretary Sri Padhi further directed to complete formation of ward level Water & Sanitation
Committees in each ULB and identify Water Monitors preferably from among the Women SHGs. The
Collectors were further asked to ensure issuance of outcome certificates of the newly constructed water supply
projects in ULBs after actual field verification by a 4 member team consisting of PHEO Engineer, Concerned
Executive Officer, Cooperator / Councilor and representative of Collector.