Finally, the state government has cleared decks for taking up work of laying of 800 cubic metre new water pipeline costing Rs 30.92 lakh in Siolim giving relief especially to Guddem residents who have been facing water problems for the last several years and have been demanding a new water pipeline.
Residents of around 150 houses in Guddem have raised the issue on various platforms over a period of time. According to villagers, water pipeline bringing water to the village is almost 30-40 years old and has not been replaced as a result there is always water shortage issue faced by residents of Guddem.
Upset locals during Zilla panchayat election had also threatened to boycott polls if the water problem is not resolved as a proposal was pending before the government however they had later after assurance from the government cast their votes.
The file for taking up work for laying of the new pipeline was moved and an administrative approval was given and now the government has given expenditure
Former minister and Siolim MLA Vinod Paliencar said that the water issue in Guddem is pending for around 20 years as a result local residents were facing hardships.
“Around one and half years back, I had moved a proposal for laying a new pipeline and after following up, the government has now cleared the file and given expenditure sanction to take up work and soon issue work order following which work can be taken up,” said Paliencar.
Commenting on ongoing works in constituency, Paliencar said that “Proposals for major works including laying of Tillari pipeline, hot-mix carpeting of roads, construction of culverts on Marna-Sodiem link road have been also passed and by March all pending works will be taken up in constituency.”