BHUBANESWAR: For the last seven days residents of Ashok Nagar have been getting contaminated water. Residents of the area alleged sewage water has been leaking into piped water. Following complaints of skin and stomach ailments in the area, the public health department has stopped supplying pipe water and is providing water through tankers.
"A few days ago I detected a stench in the pipe water and later we became certain it was the smell of sewage," said Harman Das, a resident of Ashok Nagar. By the time he realized this, however, his wife had developed stomach infections, he said. "My neighbours also had the same complaint. Many of them had started suffering from skin irritation, and we immediately lodged a complaint with the public health and engineering division-I (PHED)," he added.
But when no action was taken by the PHED department, a group of residents gheraoed the PHED office a couple of days ago and staged a dharna demanding pure piped water.
"After getting complaints from the residents the water supply was disconnected and we have been providing them water through tankers. However, it is not yet established if sewage water somehow has been leaking into piped water. Investigation is on to detect the leakage, if any," said a senior officer in PH division-I.
Sura Jena, a local CPI leader said, "A number of people have fallen ill in the locality after drinking the contaminated water. The PH officials are digging up the connections but have not yet been able to find the source of the leak. We have requested the officials not to supply water from Bapuji Nagar but to give us water from the Ashok Nagar tank."