Puri, 26/7:The abode of the Lord is at the forefront. This was stated by Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik while inaugurating the Drink from Tap project in Puri today. Puri is the first city in the country to implement the project. As a result, the people of Puri received high quality drinking water directly from the tap. There is no need to store or filter drinking water. Only major cities in the world have such facilities. This will benefit 2 crore tourists coming to Puri annually along with 2.5 lakh people of Puri.
“Today marks a new chapter in the development history of not only Puri, but the whole of Odisha,” he said. From today, all the families in the Dham Puri of Mahaprabhu have got good drinking water in tap. In the Drink from Tap or Sujal scheme, you can drink water directly from the tap. Storage or Filter is not required. The service is available 24 hours a day.
The Chief Minister reiterated that Puri was the first country to implement Drink from Tap across the country. The abode of the Lord is at the forefront. Even in our metro cities, this is not the case. Today, Puri has joined the world’s largest cities league, including London, New York and Singapore. “It simply came to our notice then.
Thanking the state Urban Development and Housing Department, the Chief Minister said that within 2.5 months, 2.5 lakh people in Puri would get the Drink from Tap facility and 2 crore tourists would get the facility in Puri every year. They no longer have to walk around holding water bottles. He said the project had water fountains in 400 parts of the city, including Baddand, which would save the city from 400 metric tonnes of plastic waste.
The Chief Minister reiterated that this is the best model of the 5 Transformative Initiatives. Good drinking water has a strong link with health, living standards and the economy. So the Chief Minister urged the people not to ever waste or pollute the water. The Chief Minister said that the budget for drinking water has been doubled in five years and the budget of Rs 200 crore has reached Rs 4,000 crore today.
Highlighting the planning and implementation of the program, the Chief Minister said that on May 3, 2016, the Fani Batya landed in Puri. He arrived in Puri on May 5 and was deeply saddened by the situation in Puri. On the same day, he announced the development of Puri as a World Heritage City. With the blessings of the Lord and the cooperation of the people, the Shrikshetra scheme is well underway and with the help of all, Puri will reach a new peak of development, he said.
The Chief Minister opined that the mothers of Mission Shakti have a role to play in the success of the Sujal project.
Attending the function, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Shri Pratap Jena, highlighted the various development programs being implemented by the department and said that the project is being implemented in 14 cities across Odisha. He said the chief minister had always attached great importance to providing high-quality facilities in the cities, adding that the chief minister’s dream had come true today with the implementation of the project in Puri.
Mr. Durgashankar Mishra, Secretary, Housing and Urban Affairs of the Government of India, said that it was a matter of pride for the implementation of the country’s first Drink from Tap project on the first Monday of the month of Shravan in Mahaprabhu Jagannath’s city of Puri. “It simply came to our notice then. He praised Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the state government for this.
At first, the Urban Development Minister drank water from the tap. Later, two women from Puri Baliapanda drank water from the tap and thanked the Chief Minister for the program. “We used to have a lot of water problems,” they said. Now our problem is gone.
Chief Minister’s Secretary (5T) Shri V.K. Pandian conducted the program.
Mr. G., Principal Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mathivatanan delivered the welcome address and Mr. P.K. Swain offered thanks.
Minister Shri Sameer Das, Planning Board Vice-Chairman Shri Sanjay Dasbarma, MP Shri Pinaki Mishra, MLA Shri Jayant Sadangi, Shri Uma Samantaraya, Chief Secretary Shri Suresh Mohapatra, Development Commissioner Shri P.K. Jenna and key secretaries and secretaries of various departments were present.