Bhubaneswar: With summer setting in the state government has geared up its machinery to meet the drinking water scarcity in the rural as well urban areas.
The chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has categorically directed the district collectors and officers of panchayati raj & drinking water supply department that there should be no scarcity of drinking water either actual or perceived during the summer. Padhi gave these directions over a video conferencing  on Tuesday while reviewing the progress of drinking water projects in the state. The panchayati raj principal secretary ,Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh, and secretary housing & urban development G. Mathivathanan outlined the district wise position for review in the video conferencing held in secretariat conference hall today.

The district collectors have been delegated with all powers for drilling of new tube wells, sanitary wells and repair & maintenance of all drinking water sources. Sufficient fund have been kept in respective panchayats for the purpose. The rate contract for procurement of spare parts has also been finalized. There is a bloc 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”, said Padhi.