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  • Vinay Baindur
    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-30/bhubaneswar/38929405_1_new-water-policy-water-meters-drinking-water * * *New water policy in pipeline*
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      New water policy in pipeline
      TNN Apr 30, 2013, 09.49AM IST


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      new water policy|Naveen Patnaik|Department of Housing and Urban Development
      BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Monday announced that it would soon come out with a new water policy for urban areas to ensure uniform distribution of piped water.

      "We will prepare the draft and place it before the Cabinet for approval by May," housing and urban development minister Debi Prasad Mishra said after a review meeting chaired by chief minister Naveen Patnaik. Housing and urban development secretary Injeti Srinivas said the new policy will be evolved with a long-term strategy to supply drinking water for the next 10 years. "One of the priority areas will be to install water meters in the houses of consumers. Currently, less than 1% water users have meters," he said.



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      State government moots metered water supply in cities

      By Express News Service - BHUBANESWAR

      30th April 2013 01:01 PM

      • The Chief Minister directed the Urban Development department to provide drinking water to all scarcity areas and places which are not easily accessible | EPS
        The Chief Minister directed the Urban Development department to provide drinking water to all scarcity areas and places which are not easily accessible | EPS

      The State Government would soon finalise a policy to provide metered water supply to all urban homes within the next 10 years. The draft legislation of the policy will be finalised within a month and put up before the Cabinet for its approval in May. This was decided at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the secretariat here on Monday.

      The new policy requires the consumers to avail the facility through metered water connections and pay accordingly like the other monthly utility bills. As per the plan, 50 per cent of urban areas will be covered in the next five years while the rest will be connected in the following five years.

      Now residents of only 21 urban areas in the State are getting the national average per day per capita water of 135 litres while people of 49 urban centres are receiving water much below the average. Census 2011 figures show that compared to 21.1 per cent people in 2001, around 18.5 pc has to travel beyond 100 metres for drinking water in urban areas.

      The Chief Minister directed the Urban Development department to provide drinking water to all scarcity areas and places which are not easily accessible.

      Besides, he has also asked the officials to ensure repair of all the defunct tube wells and damaged pipelines. Official sources said water is being supplied through 286 tankers at present and the number will be raised. Besides, 25,019 tube wells are in working condition and 4,000 new ones will be installed by June. Control rooms have also been opened to receive complaints regarding drinking water and take immediate steps.

       Out of the 509 pipe water projects, 359 have been completed. Besides, 220 out of the 412 projects for schools and anganwadi centres have been completed.

       

      Water policy

      * Metered water supply to all urban homes within the next ten years.

      * Consumers can avail the facility through metered water connections and pay, like other monthly utility bills.

      * To begin with, 50 pc urban households will be covered in the next 5 years.

      * The Chief Minister directed the urban development department to ensure drinking water to all scarcity areas and places which are not easily accessible.

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