Orissa to seek help from corporates to solve water crisis
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 23:32
Berhampur (Orissa): Faced with drinking water crisis in several urban areas, Orissa government is now planning to seek help from public sector and private corporate houses to mitigate the problem.

"We need assistance from major corporate houses to tackle the drinking water crisis in major urban areas in the state," Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Badrinarayan Patra said here.

Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) has agreed in principle to fund around Rs 40 crore for creating a water body to solve the crisis in western Orissa towns - Brajaraj Nagar, Jharsuguda and Belphar. While the MCL set up a water body, the government will fund the laying of pipeline for water distribution, the minister said.

"We have discussed with the authorities of Rourkela Steel Plant for construction of a check dam on the nearby river, which will help tackle the drinking water crisis in Rourkela," he said.

"We will also explore the possibility of help from other industrial houses to tackle drinking water crisis in other places like Berhampur and Titilagarh," Patra said.

The minister said he would discuss with local MLAs and ministers to explore the possibility of assistance from corporate houses like Tata Steel, Indian Rare Earths Limited or some other PSUs for another drinking water project for Berhampur town. The Tata Steel has acquired around 3,500 acres for a project near here.


First Published: Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 23:32

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