Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s ranking in water resources management has slipped during the last financial year, according to a Niti Aayog report.
The state was ranked 14th in composite water management index (CWMI) in 2017-18 as against rank 9th in 2015-16.
The report said five states have deteriorated in water management in the past three years, Of these, Odisha has reported the largest decline of 7.27 points followed by Tripura.
Odisha is among the few states such as Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Bihar that have no villages with 24×7 piped water supply.
On the other hand, 80 per cent of the states surveyed have shown an improvement, the report added.
Haryana reported the maximum progress, particularly in four aspects — restoration of water bodies, watershed development, on-farm water use, and policy and governance.