Bhubaneswar, July 24: At least one third families are deprived of piped drinking water in Odisha. This was informed by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat responding to a question posed by Kalahandi MP Basant Panda in the parliament.
Answering the query, the Minister said that till now piped drinking water facilities have reached to 26.49 lakh families (30.93 percent) in this state. The supply of Piped drinking water to Sundergarh, Bargarh, Balangir, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Boudh, Gajapati, Malkanagar, Jharsuguda, Kandhamal and Nayagarh districts were disappointing, the Minister added.
The Central government has provided Rs 3,323.42 crore to the state for providing potable drinking water facilities for 2021-22 financial year, out of which only Rs 830.85 crore has been spent.
The politics in Odisha has hotted up after the revelation by the Minister.
Referring to Minister’s reply, BJP General Secretary Pritviraj Harichandan said “almost all the states in the country have achieved 46 percent of targets under Jal Jeevan Mission whereas achievement in Odisha is negligible.”
Jatani MLA and Senior Congress Leader Sura Routray said, “Incomplete pipeline works are seen in many villages of the state. Central government has provided appropriate funds but it has not been utilized properly.“
Meanwhile, refuting the allegations BJD stated that, “when Jal Jeevan Mission was launched in 2019 only 3.74 percent people were having access to Piped drinking water. In 22 months it has increased to more than 30 percent. The state government is working on mission mode and by 2024 every household will be receiving piped drinking water.”