Joao Sousa M | NT
Notwithstanding the tough talk by the government against release of sewage into the River Sal while launching of the work of its de-silting and the second phase of the work likely to start shortly, the PWD has failed to plug the leaking sewerage chambers.
Highly-placed sources requesting anonymity informed that just about 100-150 metres of dredging is remaining near the Khareband bridge, however the depth of the river will now attract waste from upstream. One will have to see how the river reacts to the monsoon after the dredging, said the official.
The official further informed that the process to take up phase two of dredging is underway and the work is likely to begin after the monsoon sets in.
Meanwhile, the PWD has failed to plug the leakages and untreated sewage continues to flow into the river. Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado had earlier assured that directions have been issued to the PWD to plug all leakages. However, the directions are yet to be implemented.
On the other hand, the sewerage treatment plant which was expected to reduce the flow of untreated sewerage into the river was to start full operations by March 2016 which was later extended to May. However, sources informed that the department has failed to meet the deadline and it could take another 90 days to complete the work.