While the government is working towards providing 24×7 water supply by replacing old pipelines, Salcete could require more than 25 per cent of the total budget estimate prepared for entire South Goa with a whopping Rs 200 crore required to replace the existing pipelines.
The PWD has prepared an estimate of Rs 1,600 crore for the entire state with equal distribution of Rs 800 crore for each district. In Salcete, nearly 95 per cent of the existing distribution pipelines have to be replaced which is expected to cost around Rs 200 crore.
PWD Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’ said that the government has prepared an estimate of Rs 800 crore each for north and South Goa to replace the old pipelines. He said that the state government is hopeful of getting funds from the central government and is also exploring options of seeking funding through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Bank.
A source in the PWD, requesting anonymity, informed that the present water ‘crisis’ in many parts of Salcete is mostly owing to the poor condition of the distribution pipelines.
He said that most of the pipelines were laid before liberation and, hence, these pipelines result in frequent ruptures as a result there is not only a lot of wastage of water, but the lines also require frequent repairing.
He added that even though there is sufficient water available, the department is unable to release the water at high pressure as the pipelines cannot withstand it.
The official said once the distribution pipelines are replaced there will be no problem of water supply in the entire taluka even in the higher regions which are traditionally facing water shortage, especially during
Replying to a question, the PWD minister informed that an earlier proposal which was placed by the state government with the Centre for replacement of distribution water pipelines was rejected and this is a fresh proposal which is being prepared by the state government.
Ironically, the department had then appointed a consultant to prepare a detailed project report for replacing various distribution pipelines and had carried out a survey in three constituencies of Salcete.
Dhavalikar said that the project has been completely dropped and a fresh proposal has been made for the entire state with Rs 1600 crore estimate after carrying out survey of the existing pipelines. He said that “we are still hopeful of receiving funding from the Union government; if not, we will explore other agencies like the World Bank and JICA to fund the project.”