Puri became the first city in India where people can avail high quality drinking water directly from the tap
The Drink from Tap project has been started in Puri, Odisha.
For the first time in India, under the project, people can avail high quality drinking water directly from the tap on 24-hour basis.
The project would benefit 2.5 lakh citizens of Puri and 2 crore tourists who visit the tourist place every year.
Now people, need not have to move around with water bottle and Puri would no more be burdened with 400 metric tonne of plastic waste.
Under the project, water fountains have been developed at 400 locations in Puri.
The project is being undertaken with financial support from UNICEF, which will hopefully help in achieving state government’s target.
As providing safe drinking water to every household in the state is one of top priorities of Odisha government, the project will be launched on a pilot basis for about 1.2 lakh people involving 22,000 families in pockets of Puri and Khurda district of Odisha.
The pilot project will also be implemented in five areas of Bhubaneswar and two areas of Puri and will be completed by March 2020. It will be extended to other parts of the state in next phases.
The women self-help groups (SHGs) will also be engaged and trained for the implementation of programme.