Cuttack: The district administration Friday convened a high-level meeting to devise a strategy to check incidents of sunstroke during the upcoming summer.
Chairing the meeting, Additional Collector Bijay Kumar Khandayatray asked industrial houses in the district to open temporary water kiosks at around 100 places in the Silver City as part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.
Khandayatray also asked the officials of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department to repair all defunct tube-wells in the district by March 15. “We will do our best to achieve zero casualties in the upcoming summer. Block-level officials have been told address all complaints related to the water scarcity within 48 hours of receiving them. Besides, block development officers (BDOs) have been asked to send weekly-reports on drinking water issues to the district administration,” he said.
Participating in the meet, Additional Collector (revenue) Raghuram R Iyer directed officials to produce data on defunct water pumps by March 15. He also asked Electricity Department officials to ensure uninterrupted power supply to drinking water projects in the district.
Moreover, Iyer asked the authorities of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) to place open pots near tube-wells to provide drinking water to animals and birds.
“We have asked all school authorities to go for morning classes and conduct the examinations by April-end. The district labour officer has been asked to issue an advisory to workers against doing any manual work within 11am and 3pm during the summer,” Iyer said.
The district administration, meanwhile, opened a control room at its headquarters to deal with heat wave situations.