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Aiming to revive St Inez creek

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In a bid to revive St Inex creek, Panaji’s oldest water body the GCCI in association with the Indian Water Works Association (IWWA) Goa chapter, organized a half-day seminar on the rejuvenation of the creek. The seminar aimed at getting stakeholders opinion on improving the creek and making it a living entity. The St. Inez creek originates as a fresh-water stream on the northern slopes of the Nagalli Hills in Taleigao village. Some more rivulets join the water body and it runs through the city of Panaji, joining the Mandovi River near Inox theatre. It is prone to tidal effects right up to Tonca.

During the monsoons the city of Panaji is drained basically by two major creeks. On the eastern side the city is drained by Ourem Creek. On the western side, the major part of the city is drained by the St. Inez creek.

Due to rampant construction activities along the banks and dumping of garbage and sewage the creek waters have degraded so badly that it is now referred to as the St Inez nullah.  “The seminar aims at finding pragmatic solutions,” said Gerard D’Mello, chairman, Infrastructure Committee, GCCI.  The program was inaugurated by Manoj Caculo, president, GCCI, who urged the citizens to tackle the problem collectively. 

Presentations were made by RG Deo, past chairman, IWWA Goa, ST Nadkarni, chief engineer, WRD, RM Dhume, consulting engineer, Capt. Joseph Lobo, environment consultant, Shridevi Badami, WSD, PWD,  VS Sawant, entrepreneur, Armando Gonsalves and Hyacinth Pinto. The recommendations resulting from the seminar are being submitted to the government for further action.

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