Water supply stopped to Lakhanpur mine quarters

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Water supply stopped to Lakhanpur mine quarters

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 | RAJ KUMAR SHARMA | JHARSUGUDA

The residents of the mine areas are reeling under drinking water crisis in MCL's Lakhanpur Coalmine since September 15 due to breaking of the main supply pipeline.

Adding to the woes of the residents, the officials were not able to give any clear reply regarding a solution of the problem. As an alternative arrangement, water is supplied by tankers to the filtration plant.  After filtration, water will be supplied to individual houses through pipeline, it is said. But, in this system, water will be exhausted within two hours running of the pumps. So the public has not accepted the proposal.

The pumps need running for more than 22 hrs to supply water to each house instead of two hours only. Due to shortage of water in quarter line area, people are going to ponds for bathing purpose. Besides,

people are buying mineral water from the market for the last four days due to plenty of dirt and iron particles in the water supplied through tankers.

 Sources said that the situation occurred on September 15 due to breaking of the main water supply pipe at OPGC plant.  The pipe had not been repaired till September 18, although it was informed that the repair will be done within two days.

According to sources, during 1996, 800 quarters were there in Bandhbahal Colony township. Arrangements were done to supply water that time to one settlement village and 6-7 villages in the vicinity through CSR programme.

The supply system was done as per demands of that time. But, now the situation has changed with 1,800 quarters, five settlement villages with 40 periphery villages.

 But, water supply is being done now as per the old infrastructure of 1996. “This should be changed as per new requirements. Further, due to theft of water from the main pipeline from OPGC to Bandhbahal filtration plant, practically only 60 percent water is coming to the plant,” said some residents.

They suggested that the plant be modified as per revised requirements,increase in water intake capacity and old pipes be replaced. Meanwhile, the MCL officials assured of repairing the broken pipe immediately and normalising water supply at the earliest.

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