Varca locals hopeful over JICA overhead reservoir during water shortage

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Diana Fernandes |NT

Margao: The JICA associated overhead reservoir built in Varca has been receiving a new coat of paint and is being maintained once again with the hope that it will serve as an alternative in case of any water shortage faced by locals in the area. Both the panchayat and local MLA have said the tank, which is yet to be commissioned, will serve as an alternative in case of water shortages.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had in 2008 begun work on several projects in the state including that of the overhead reservoir in Varca as well as one each in Orlim and Betalbatim. The Varca overhead reservoir was built with a holding capacity of 10 cubic metres.

Sarpanch Crosly Lourenco said the facility will cater only to the villagers. “Around the year 2013- 14, permissions were obtained to build the tank but since then there has been many delays.” “Since the last one month, the work of painting and repair of the tank has been taken up by a new contractor. The water from this tank will be solely for the villagers and not for the hotels in case of water shortage,” Lourenco added.

The summer months of March to June are particularly troublesome in respect of water availability though water issues have reduced considerably since the laying of a direct pipeline from Selaulim dam which provision’s coastal Salcete’s water.

MLA Churchill Alemao, while speaking about the water tank, said the pipeline from Selaulim dam had solved most of the water problems, but added that the overhead reservoir would serve as an additional water reservoir in case of shortage.

“The Rs 16 crore pipeline that was laid from Selaulim dam to the villages of Varca, Orlim, Carmona and Cavelossim has resolved water shortage problem to a large extent. The reservoir was built to ensure that villagers are not left without any water in case of any shortage or pipeline breakdown and maintenance work,” said Alemao.

The primary aim of the overhead reservoir was to provide for the domestic water needs of villagers along the coastal belt in case of any breakdown of the main water pipeline and to add to the state’s plan of providing 24x 7 water supply to residents.

Apart from Varca, JICA OHRs were also built in Betalbatim of 5-cubic litre capacity and in Orlim of 3.5-cubic litre capacity.