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‘Sujal’ Bags Award Of Excellence

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government’s ‘Drink from Tap Mission’ popularly known as ‘Sujal’ under 5T Initiative has won the “Award of Excellence” in 18th CSI SIG e-Governance Award 2020.

This Prestigious Award is for Smart Water Management in Puri City were  amongst 178 nominations received from across India.

Managing Director of WATCO, Pradipta Kumar Swain has received the award on behalf of the State Government from Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Er.Swain received the award in an award ceremony held in Lucknow on 12 February organized by the Computer Society of India (CSI).

CSI, the largest association of information technology professionals in the Country has set up this award since 2002 for recognising and awarding very innovative projects across India through its Special Interest Group (SIG) in e-Governance.

‘Drink from Tap Mission’ called ‘Sujal’  is launched on 13 October 2020  by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to provide assured quality  drinking water fit for direct consumption from the Tap to all households in urban areas. The Mission is a flagship initiative by Water Corporation of Odisha (WATCO) under the state’s Housing & Urban Development department.

The ‘Drink from Tap Mission’ aims to provide 24 x 7 safe drinking water supply from a tap on-premise along with addressing water source protection, appropriate water treatment & testing as well as prevention of recontamination in the distribution system. This is  also aimed at   eliminating the requirement of  investments by individual households on overhead water tank or underground reservoir, motor pump, RO based water filter and purchasing mineral water.

After successful completion of pilot projects in 12 zones in Bhubaneswar and Puri cities &  after becoming the first State in the country to provide drink from the tap water to people,  WATCO is now focusing on to cover entire city of  Bhubaneswar and Puri and  other cities namely Cuttack, Puri, Khurda  Jatni, Berhampur  which will be extended to other cities in the state  in a phased manner.