Calangute: The government needs to think on water conservation in a big way by building bunds, water tanks and preserving water catchment areas to tackle the water crisis that could hit Goa in the near future by taking World Bank loan said the Minister for Waste Management Michael Lobo.
Lobo was speaking to the media when he came to release the manifesto of BJP ZP candidate Dattaprasad Dabolkar in Calangute.
Lobo appealed to the government to think on water conservation in a big way before it is too late.
He said that the Mhadai river water diversion against which the government is fighting could cause a big impact on North Goa, and added that there is apprehension that if Mhadei water is diverted it will not only have impact on sweet water availability in Goa. Mandovi river could face problem in breeding of shell fish, red snapper (chonak), and red snapper (tamoshi) as such fish need some percentage of sweet water, he added.
“Water Resource Department is only spending money on constructing nullahs. How much money has been spent on water conservation in Goa? In every constituency in the state, there is water catchment area and this needs to be desilted,” he said.
“Savlem lake in Pilerne, water catchment area near Bodgeshwar temple in Mapusa, Mortan in Calangute, and Carambolim lake are water catchments areas. These areas should be developed by the WRD. Rainwater in Goa goes waste as our government has failed to put in place water conservation system like in other states. This will take at least 10 years of planning to construct bunds, and desilt lakes and water catchments areas,” he said.
March 22 being Water Conservation Day, Lobo said that the Chief Minister needs to make an announcement on water conservation, for which he will be speaking with the Chief Minister and Minister for WRD.