Panaji: The lack of preparedness on the part of the Public Works Department came to the fore as it failed in dealing with the ‘worsening’ water crisis in the city and surrounding villages.
The government seemed to neither have any crisis plan for the water supply nor there exists a proper infrastructure for making an alternative arrangement.
The ground reality is that the state all these years has not developed any practical or a realistic action plan for responding to water crisis conditions.
Proper guidelines would have helped the people to manage the ‘adversity’ with timely and effective response from the government agencies.
District Collector R Menaka told ‘The Navhind Times’ that there is no response plan with the state government for tiding over such a water crisis.
She, however, felt the need for preparing a crisis plan in consultation with the PWD and the WRD to combat such a situation arising in the future, and providing proper direction on how to address the issue of resource management and conservation.
“I am aware of the situation, and also reviewed it with the PWD senior officials and they informed me that they are attending to the calls through helpline number and supplying water through tankers though it is not as efficient as having water supplied through a pipeline. We are now working with the PWD to have water stations in the localities and prepare water crisis plan,” the Collector said.
When appraised about the inability of the PWD to supply water with a less number of tankers, the Collector said that as of now, no need was felt to enforce law to make private tankers supply water through the PWD as it was found that the department was attending to the calls.
“I have not received any communication from the PWD of it falling short in attending the calls for me to take a call on requisitioning private tankers,” she added.
The Collector also ruled out proposing to the government to declare holiday for schools and government offices in the Tiswadi taluka in the backdrop of the water