New Delhi, July 26: Puri has become the first city in India to achieve 24 x 7 safe drinking water from taps, as per Indian Quality Standards of IS 10500 from July 26, 2021. It is an initiative of the Odisha government’s ‘Sujal’ or ‘Drink From Tap’ mission, spearheaded by Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik. The transformative initiative will now benefit the city’s 2.5 lakh local population and 2 crore tourists who visit the holy city of Lord Jagannath annually. Provision of safe drinking water will further help prevent the usage of 3crore plastic bottles annually eliminating 400 metric tonnes of plastic waste, further reducing the state’s carbon footprint.
The state-of-the-art technology, which allows people to drink directly from the tap, has become a reality in India for the first time. Puri now has 100% metered household water connections with safe drinking water round-the-clock joining the league of global cities like London, Singapore and New York.
The honourable CM of Odisha inaugurated the ‘Drink from Tap Mission’ – ‘Sujal’ in Puri through video conferencing on July 26. Dedicating the 24×7 “drink-from-tap-quality” water supply system to the glory of Jagannath and the people of Puri he said, “Providing Drink-from-Tap Quality water 24×7 to every household is a transformative project and this is a step in the direction of our vision for making Puri a world class heritage city. Puri residents, tourists and pilgrims alike can now drink water from tap across the city be it at home or across the newly-established water fountains. It has been my dream to provide piped drinking water to every household in Odisha and this is now turning a reality.”
Pilgrims who visit the city will further have access to 120 drinking water fountains set up by the state all along the Grand Trunk Road and other Puri hotspots that are similar to the water fountains at airports. Apart from Puri, the mission is also on its way to success in 16 other cities across Odisha covering 40lakh households. The initiative, with it’s mission of ‘water for all’, is set to provide safe water to every household in Odisha across all 114 urban local bodies with an inclusive mandate covering all slum households across the state.