Bhubaneswar:Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Friday said that 100% urban households in Odisha is going to get drinking water connection by December 2022.

The chief minister was addressing on the occasion of national launching of AMRUT 2.0 & SBM 2.0 by prime minister Narendra Modi.

Patnaik said “We have targeted to achieve 100 percent house connections in all our cities by December 2022. In this ambitious journey , Jal Sathis who are the Mission Sakthi members, are community partners in managing the water supply distribution and consumer relationship.”

CM said the State has implemented the AMRUT Mission launched in 2015 by union government. This has brought substantial improvements in the urban water supply sector and septage management across 9 major towns of Odisha. Water supply and Septage Projects with an investment of about Rs1,600 crore have been implemented. With the successful implementation of the projects and urban reform measures under AMRUT, Odisha has been securing 1st Position in the country consecutively for the last 3 years.

To ensure tap water supply to all households in all the 114 cities over and above AMRUT Mission coverage, the State has come up with its own intiative BASUDHA . So far 27 cities out of 114 cities achieved 100 percent house connections including Bhubaneswar City which has become the 1st and only Million Plus City so far to achieve this status.

Taking provision of drinking water to next level, Odisha has started its Drink from Tap mission under its 5T intiative.

Under this Mission 24×7 water supply of directly drinkable from tap, meeting IS 10500 quality standards is being provided to all households of Jagannatha Dham PURI.

Puri city has become the 1st city in the country to achieve this unique distinction of joining the league of international cities like London, Newyork, Singapore & Tokyo.

This will reduce 400 tons of plastic waste annually in pilgrim city of PURI.

This transformative intiative is being expanded to 17 more cities including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur and Rourkela.
Under Fecal sludge management, 9 cities were supported under AMRUT Mission including Puri city where we have set up Co-treatment facility converging Sewage and Septage treatment process which is unique and has been acknowledged as a National best practice. The FSM program is extended to all the cities in the state apart from the AMRUT cities and I am happy to share that presently 55 Treatment facilities are functioning and are fully managed by our Mission Sakthi Women Self Help Groups.

“We have kept an ambitious target to achieve 100 percent fecal sludge facilities in all 114 cities by March 2022.”