Residents of Tivai waddo-Calangute are upset that a water shortage situation has occurred in the area due to a valve having been blocked with concrete at Ximer and that the authorities have simply chosen to look the other way while the people continue to reel under water problems.
According to residents of Tivai waddo, there are three water pipelines laid in the area; however, they do not know which one is meant for the locality.
They said that they have not been getting PWD water supply for the last 8 months in spite of making complaints to the PWD. They alleged that while water was being diverted to hotels, the residents were only getting false assurances that water supply would be restored.
It was informed that complaints were made at Porvorim PWD office and that the MLA was also apprised of the situation. Thereafter, the residents said, the MLA came and gave them an assurance that next day water would be released, but till date nothing has changed. And even after numerous follow-ups, the water problem has not been addressed, they claimed.
They said that people are forced to fetch water from wells and even hire water tankers to tide over the water crisis.
A resident Gasper D’Souza said that since November they have not been getting water and complaints to the PWD office at Porvorim have not yielded anything. “I also followed it up a number of times at the MLA’s office, but in vain. A panch had also given assurance,” he said.
Rosita Mascarenhas said that she has to meet her water needs by hiring water tankers and that she has to shell out Rs 1000 for it.
A senior citizen Marie Silveira said that she cannot afford a water tanker provision and, hence, gets water from a well. However, she pointed out that while hotels are ensured 24-hour water supply, people have to struggle to get water for no fault of theirs.
Locals said that besides water diversion, pumps are also used to illegally tap water from the main line.
The concerned PWD supervisor, when contacted, said that the new water pipeline supplies water to Tivai waddo, Gaurawaddo east and west and Naikawaddo. “We dug up the spot to detect the problem in Tivai waddo and found that the pipe is choked. We are working on it.”
PWD junior engineer Shirodkar said that the line leading to Tivai waddo is choked and water will be supplied once the new line is laid. When asked about the new water pipeline, which was supposed to supply 24-hour water, he said he was not aware of it.