Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi Tuesday directed all district Collectors and officers of Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Supply department to ensure there is no scarcity of drinking water “either actual or perceived” during the summer.
Padhi issued the direction while reviewing the progress of drinking water projects in rural and urban areas at the State Secretariat during a video conference with officials. “Collectors have been delegated with all powers for drilling of new tube wells, sanitary wells and repair & maintenance of all drinking water sources. Sufficient funds have been kept in respective panchayats for the purpose. The rate contract for procurement of spare parts has also been finalised. There is a block 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,” Padhi said.
Panchayati Raj Secretary Ranjan Kumar Singh said that government instructions have already been issued during the month of February, 2018 regarding drinking water management in water scarcity and partially covered villages.
Singh further mentioned that “making the existing sources functional is more important than creating new sources”. He also issued 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 with the new ones. They were also advised to engage mobile repair vans with clear branding in Oriya “Pani Jala Jogana Maramati Gadi” in each block and 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. The Chief Secretary directed to supply water twice in a day – once in the morning and once in the evening.
All blocks will designate nodal officers for each panchayat and there would be a 24-hour control room at the block level. The sarpanch of the respective panchayat will take stock of the ground level situation every Friday at 11 am and BDO will review it every Saturday at 11am while the collector will review the position every Tuesday at 11 am and send the report to the government on the prevailing situation by Wednesday afternoon.