Herald: Opa water plan will become operational in Aug: minister
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Opa water plan will become operational in Aug: minister

27 Apr 2018 06:16am IST

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27 Apr 2018 06:16am IST

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PONDA: PWD Minister Ramakrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar has said that the new 27 MLD capacity Water Treatment Plant at Opa would become operational in August and the same would later be formally inaugurated by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

PONDA: PWD Minister Ramakrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar has said that the new 27 MLD capacity Water Treatment Plant at Opa would become operational in August and the same would later be formally inaugurated by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

The minister made the statement during his visit to the plant on Thursday. He was accompanied by water engineers Ulhas Kerkar and Nivruthi Parsekar.

He informed that the plant would be provided high voltage electricity from the power station at Curti.

“Once this 27 MLD plant is launched, it will provide water to Tiswadi and Ponda talukas. Besides, we will also commission the 10 MLD Mhaisal Treatment Plant at Shiroda in May and thereafter 10 MLD water released to Shiroda will be diverted to Ponda taluka,” he said.  

The minister emphasised that the government was committed to meeting the water requirement of Priol constituency. 

He said that the work on 25 MLD the Ganjem Water Treatment Plant was delayed due to problems in land acquisition and forest clearance. “But these obstacles will be cleared and retender of the Ganjem plant will be released soon,” he said.

Taking a dig at the “activists” who are alleging shortage of water in Goa, he said, “Some people are levelling allegations of water shortages in Goa. But the fact is that the government officials are working hard to provide sufficient water to the people of Goa. These officials are trying to maintain sufficient water levels in dams for the smooth functioning of plants and send SMS of water levels in rivers every day to government.” 

“There is sufficient water in three bandaras across Opa River. Water from other dams, bandaras and even from mining pits are also available. Besides, there is lot of water in some mining pits sufficient for consumption till the return of monsoons,” he added.

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