Bhubaneswar: One would have thought that last year’s shocking jaundice outbreak claiming five lives in Odisha’s Balangir district would have taught a lesson to the State and district administrations, but the piped water supply system in an unhygienic condition proves that officials are still to rise to control the situation.
Though the Public Health Department (PHD) pipeline has developed cracks near Nilakhandi in Sagapada for last 15 days and flowing in a nearby drain, no efforts were so far taken to stop the drinking water from being contaminated thereby posing the lives of denizens in risk.
Sources said though contaminated water is being supplied from PHD pipeline in Kansaripada, Malpada areas in Balangir town, the administration is yet to act over the problem.
Locals demanded immediate identification of broken pipelines, which are root cause of jaundice outbreak in the city.
Meanwhile, admitting that they have received complaints in this regard PHD Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Tapan Pradhan and Public Health Department Additional District Medical Officer (ADMO) Dr Usarani Das said efforts are on to streamline the drinking water supply.
Last year, jaundice outbreak was reported in the town and claimed five lives and over 100 people were affected by it. But it seems the administration has not learnt any lesson from its experience.