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MMC disconnects water supply to Sulabh toilet

MARGAO: The chairperson of  Margao Municipal Council Dr Babita Prabhudesai, on Friday, said that taking cognizance  of the  news  reports  and the complaints  on the  contamination of the age-old well located in the  municipal garden, the municipality has  disconnected the water  connection provided to the  Sulabh toilet in the garden, the possible source of contamination.

The  MMC  also  asked the   Urban Health  Centre to  check the  contaminated well water, besides deciding to  get it tasted at a  private laboratory.

It may be recalled that  two days back, ‘The  Navhind  Times’ had highlighted  how  the  age old  municipal  garden well is  neglected by the civic body, and so is polluted.  It was  exposed how the  water from this well was pumped out for  gardening purpose, but  the civic body never thought of  maintaining it.  The well, as per the  source, is  contaminated due to Sulabh  toilet’s discharge.

“We have  disconnected the  water connection of  this Sulabh toilet.  This is because, we thought the Sulabh toilet is possible  polluter.  We have asked the health   centre to  check the  well water. We will also decide to send  the polluted water for testing to a private lab,” said  Prabhudesai.

She added that the health centre officials visited the garden and  inspected the well.    “They  put  bleaching powder into the well  today (on  Friday). The  water samples will be collected  after two days for tasting,” she informed.

“I checked. The well  is polluted. The water is  contaminated.  Therefore, we immediately disconnected the water connection of the  Sulabh  toilet. We know it would cause inconvenience to the general public, but then, we  cannot ignore the contamination of the well,”  the chairperson said even as the  Sulabh  Souchalaya in-charge  met her seeking  reconnection of the water pipeline.   She said  that she has  given the deadline for him to connect the  Sulabh  toilets  to the  sewerage network by January  end and to all the  27 other  Sulabh toilets  in the MMC area to get compulsorily  connected to sewerage network before  February 1.

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