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Much sought after Kadamba plateau dying for tap water

18 Dec 2017 05:33am IST

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18 Dec 2017 05:33am IST

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PANJIM: Kadamba plateau which is just kilometers away from Panjim is fast emerging as the newest destination for real-estate.

PANJIM: Kadamba plateau which is just kilometers away from Panjim is fast emerging as the newest destination for real-estate. With the Old Goa-bypass being commissioned, the area is much in demand with builders looking at the Plateau as the potential best residential and commercial hub.

The biggest issue haunting the residents is non-availability of tap-water. Water crisis are at its worst for the locals residing in the area and may worsen with more and more developmental projects coming up on the plateau.

In the absence of a water-pipeline, the residents are forced to depend on either bore-wells or water-tankers. And the way the plateau is growing, there are serious concerns raised by the people about the possible decline in water level, thereby draining the bore-wells.

Speaking to Herald, a resident of Kadamba plateau, Sandeep Naik said, “The tap-water availability is almost nil in this area, which is now developing at a rapid pace. People are facing serious crisis of domestic water supply. The big colonies have bore wells, whereas the other residents are completely dependent on tanker water.”

Another resident, Krishna Sharma said that his family has been in living in the area for the last four decades and the issue of water has been haunting them since then. “The area was not as developed as it is today. With more and more development in form of residential and commercial establishments, the water level has already declined and it will decrease further in near future,” he stated.

Kadamba Plateau Residents Action Committee (KPRAC) recently met Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar asking him to resolve the public water supply facility problems at the Plateau. During the meeting the Chief Minister assured tap water supply to the area by October, 2017.

KPRAC had brought to the notice of the Government that domestic water woes continue to affect the residents of Kadamba Plateau even though people have been residing in this area with valid panchayat and statutory clearances for more than two decades, the government till date has failed to provide tap water.

“The residents have been requesting the state government for tap water since 1997 but we have got empty promises” said KPRAC member. 

It is learnt that the government has already constructed two major water tanks each of 650 MLD at the plateau for supply of water to the residents; however, the water collection in the tanks is not sufficient enough to tackle the need of the entire plateau, which is growing at a much faster pace.

Further the 28 MLD plant at Opa, which is expected to be completed by December providing water to Ponda and Tiswadi, will supply 5 MLD water at Kadamba plateau.

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