Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen today virtually launched the Sujal Mission. The project’s prime aim is to ensure quality tapped drinking water for more than 1.5 million people in more than 15 urban areas.
The Chief Minister attended the event through video conference from Naveen Niwas and other officials were present in respective offices at Bhubaneswar and Puri.
Mission Sujal includes 24/7 helpline centre with IVRS for grievance redressal, the inauguration of mobile water testing laboratory and quick response team for rapid redressal of water supply complaints.
The motive of the mission is to provide quality drinking water to more than 1.5 million people in urban areas. On the occasion, the CM dedicated 24×7 drinking water supply to 12 pilot areas of Bhubaneswar and Puri benefiting 1.8 lakh population.
Naveen said that it is a very happy day for all of Odisha as Sujal has been inaugurated under the 5T charter. He said, “Quality drinking water is very essential for an enabled society. You might have noticed how in developed countries people drink directly from the tap. Going by similar model, we have initiated to provide purified water which you can drink directly from the tap. It will soon be implemented across all urban areas in a phase-wise manner. We have planned to make it available in all urban areas of Odisha by March 2022, making the State first to do so in India.”
Water supply augmentation work in 15 towns with a project outlay of Rs 1300 crores benefiting 15 lakh people and water metering work in four places (Bhubaneswar, Puri, Rourkela and Berhampur) covering 3 lakh connections and 22 lakh population were also commenced on the occasion.
Worth mentioning, 100 per cent household water supply connection has been achieved in Bhubaneswar, Gopalpur, Digapahandi, and Kashinagar, official sources said.
The initiative also features 24/7 helpline centre with IVRS for grievance redressal and quick response team for rapid redressal of water supply compliance.