All in Odisha’s  113 Cities to get pipes drinking water by 2018

Cuttack: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Friday inaugurated 182 urban piped water projects and laid foundation stones for 555 drinking water supply projects through video conference from a function organised for the purpose at Netaji Indoor Stadium in the city.

While the 182 projects inaugurated had cost Rs 157 crore, the 555 project for which foundation stones were laid will cost Rs783 crore.

Patnaik, while speaking on the occasion, said that all the houses and lanes in 113 cities and towns of the state would get piped drinking water  with these projects. The projects for which foundations stones were laid would be completed in one year, he assured. Stating that there is a link between drinking water and economy, he said the state government aims at providing  safe drinking water to all in the state.

The chief minister said that the state government has taken a decision to give land and asset rights to the people living in urban areas. The slum dwellers of Bhubaneswar are being provided apartments.

The state urban development minister, Niranjan Pujhari, health minister Pratap Jena, sports minister Chandra Sarathi Behera, MP Kulamani Samal, legislators Ranendra Pratap Swain, Debi Mishra, Prabhat Tripathy, Debasish Samantray, Pramod Mallick, and Nirman Shramik Board chairman Subash Singh were present.