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Congress warns a severe water crisis in Odisha in summer

Bhubaneswar,Feb 11 (UNI)The rural as well as urban areas in Odisha will face acute water shortage during the coming summer, Odisha Pradesh Congress Chief Niranjan Patnaik today warned.
During last summer, most of the places in the state faced the problem and the people could not get water even for their daily needs, he said and apprehended a severe water crisis in the summer.
The ground water level, Mr.Patnaik said had depleted in most of the places and tube had gone dry. In many places, the ground water has been contaminated and unfit for human consumption.
The Congress chief alleged that the BJD govt in last 18 years has done nothing to take care of such a basic need of the people. Even the Narendra Modi government at the Centre had not taken any step to provide safe drinking water to the people of Odisha.
Odisha, he said, normally gets its fresh water demand fulfilled by southwest monsoon. During the period stretched from June to September, the state gets 80 per cent of the rain.
But the state government has taken no initiative to harvest the rain water which flows down to the sea.
Odisha is mainly fed by Mahanadi and its branches. But the Mahanadi river remains dry through the greater part of the year due to the construction of a number of barrages and dams over the river by the Chhatisgarh government.
Mr Patnaik said, 80 per cent people in Odisha depend on ground water for their daily needs and drinking purpose. The medium and heavy industries set up in the state are extracting ground water heavily for industrial purpose leading to water shortage in both drinking and agricultural purpose.
Quoting the Central Ground Water Board report, he said the ground water level in 24 districts out of 30 in Odisha has gone down alarmingly.
He said as many as 11 states in the country have made the rain water harvesting mandatory for all big projects, but Odisha is lagging behind and yet to implement it.
Around 10 lakh people in Odisha are facing water contamination related problems. Similarly, 68 lakh people are not getting minimum 40 litres of water for their daily needs. Out of those highest 11 lakh are in Ganjam district alone, the home constituency of the Chief Minister.
As promised in our Guarantee Card to Women of Odisha, the Congress government in Odisha will provide water connection to every household, he assured.
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