Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Wednesday directed the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department to ensure that all panchayat headquarters of the State have access to piped water supply by 2018.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik gave the direction after taking stock of the progress on drinking water supply in rural areas at a high-level meeting in the State Secretariat here.
Pipe water is being supplied to 5,586 out of 6,801 gram panchayats in the State. The department has been asked to cover the remaining 1,215 panchayats headquarters under pipe water supply scheme by December 2018.
Briefing mediapersons after the review meeting, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, a decision was taken to increase the pipe water supply coverage to more than 50 per cent population of the State by next year.
The meeting also reviewed the welfare activities undertaken by Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation in eight mineral bearing districts. The State Government has set a target to construct 29,829 pucca houses in these districts by this year end. Besides, 196 drinking water projects will be set up to cater to the needs 691 villages.