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Water from mine pits to be pumped

07 Dec 2018 06:12am IST

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07 Dec 2018 06:12am IST

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There is a scarcity of water in Sattari and Bicholim and the fields have to be irrigated and the water from the mine pits are expected to fulfill that need

PANJIM: With rivulets running dry resulting in a shortage of water for cultivating the fields, Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai has called for a high-level meeting on December 12 to discuss the problem faced by the farmers.

The meeting has been called to discuss the issue of allowing pumping of water from mining pits and to make available water for irrigation purpose for the farmers.

State Legislative Assembly Speaker Dr Pramod Sawant, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane and Power Minister Nilesh Cabral along with MLAs Ravi Naik, Deepak Pawaskar, Rajesh Patnekar, Pravin Zatye, Prasad Gaonkar, Chandrakant Kavlekar and Nilkant Halankar are invited for the meeting. 

 Chief Secreatry Dharmendra Sharma, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister P Krishnamurthy and other senior officials from the concerned departments like Mines and Agriculture will also be part of the meeting. 

The waterbody had gone dry in the month of November itself, presenting a challenge before the farmers as to on how they can irrigate their farms. Haravalem Waterfall, which is a part of the rivulets that crisscrosses the mining belt, is running dry for the second consecutive year. 

Group of farmers from Sattari and Bicholim have already petitioned Sardesai and Palyekar to resolve the issue. Since the mining activities were stopped,  the lease holders have no right to enter the lease site and pump the water. 

“The rainwater has got accumulated in the mining pits, many of whom are below the water table of rivulets in the mining belt in Sattari,” a senior Agriculture department official said.

He said that there is urgent need to pump out the water so that the rivulets have a normal flow, allowing the irrigation of the farms in the mining belt.

The issue is also been discussed by the District Collectors, who are currently incharge of District Mineral Fund (DMF) to be spent on providing all the required facilities to the people in the mining belt. 
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