The Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been selected for the National Urban Water Awards 2011-12.
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The BMC has been declared joint winner in the ‘Citizen services and governance’ category. A communiqué regarding it has reached the BMC commissioner. The Central Minister for Urban Development would hand over the award at the National Urban Water Awards ceremony to be held in Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi in the last week of January.
The BMC had got nominated for this prestigious award under the theme ‘rebirth of water bodies in Berhampur for its citizens’. It may be noted that this major city of south Odisha happens to be a drinking water scarce city with low groundwater reserve. Through a major project, the BMC has been able to restore and revive 42 major water bodies in the city. This transformation has got it selected for the award. ‘Local Governance Network (LGN)’ was the advisory organisation of the BMC for the project. According to executive director of LGN, Piyush Ranjan Rout, the transformation of dying water bodies in Berhampur would set an example for other urban centres of Odisha, where water bodies are facing a threat of extinction.
Through a major project, the BMC has been able to restore and revive 42 major water bodies Source: The Hindu