Some structures under the Salaulim Dam have withstood the forces of water. PRATIK PARAB describes how this allows people to worship in summer once the waters recede
Thanks to innovation and upgradation process, the construction technology has been getting highly advanced in the recent times in the country as well as in Goa.
Unfortunately that does not necessarily mean that the quality of construction too has leapfrogged, as per the expectations of the general public. To their dismay, initial reports suggest that the quality is far from being improved despite the prevalent increase in technology.
The Canacona building collapse is an eye-opener and reflects how much of the merging technology has been incorporated in the building process.
Incidentally, villagers talk highly of the good quality construction done during the Portuguese era, the results of which can still be seen today. This also seems to be reflected in a ‘divine’ way, as a temple that stands stoically submerged in the water every year for the past 30 years is a living example of the quality of construction that went in the olden days in Goa. Of course, we are speaking of the temple at the submerged village of Curdi behind the dam reservoir of Salaulim.
The remains of the Curdi village, which is among the 25 villages which submerged into the reservoir of the Salaulim dam water, still stand strong even after 100 years, being battered by the elements, including strong currents.
The Portuguese-era police station, the temple that was carved out of a rock, the culverts carved into solid stones have been a living testimony to the un-paralleled quality of construction work of the olden days.
After the onset of monsoons, around the month of July the villages are submerged under water only to surface in the month of April. Walls and structures of earthen material like laterite stones and mud, the Someshwar Temple and the ancient well in front, hundreds of tulsi vrindavans attached to the households which existed when once people stayed can still be seen when waters subside from Curdi village. Interestingly, a road that was built from solid asphalt in the Portuguese era too surfaces in the summer and is as good as the olden days till now.
Sudin Prabhudessai is one of the locals, who has seen the village before the dam was built. He recalls there were two buses which operated on the route from Netravali and Curdi.
“In the past there was no road from Uguem like the one today. Hence all the transport was from Rivona, Curdi and ahead to Netravali. The road has completed 100 years recently," he said.
“There was a school and a chapel in the village of Curdi and after the dam was planned the structures were shifted" informs Alex Dias. The villages of Curdi still come to offer prayers to the Chapel which has now been shifted.
The major attraction of the village today is the earlier revered temple of Someshwar Mahadev. The main hall of the temple and the entry of the temple on the river side is the attraction. "The village had Hindu as well as Catholic communities living in harmony," said a villager, Mahesh Naik.
The people of the village still come here in the month of May and perform pooja annually. The legendary classical singer, Padmavibhushan awardee late Mogubai Kurdikar, and her daughter late Kishori Tai Amonkar, who also well-known, belong to this village.