Panaji: The Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte, the Aldona MLA Glenn Ticlo and the Saligao MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar on Tuesday informed the state legislative assembly that the people in their constituencies were being provided with the muddy and dirty water for drinking purpose by the Department of Public Works.
The Chief Minister Pramod Sawant replying to this complaint, which was brought to the notice of the House by Khaunte, by way of a Zero Hour mention, stated that the turbidity of the water has increased due to the incessant rains in the state, and he has directed the department staff to expedite the process of washing.
The Minister for Public Works, Deepak Pauskar informed the House that the water received by these constituencies is supplied from the Assanora water treatment plant and it is very difficult to filter the same, during rainy season. “However, we will be using new filters functioning with latest technology, for filtering water from the next monsoon season,” he assured.
The Congress legislator, Pratapsingh Rane retorted that it is strange to see the government still following ancient
technology when the world is nearly 25 years into the 21st century.
Meanwhile, replying to a water supply-related question, during the Question Hour, Pauskar said that the work of laying pipeline along NH4A at Kadamba Plateau is completed and the work of augmentation of Opa water Treatment plant by additional 27 MLD is nearing completion.
“The water supply from this facility to the residents of Kadamba Plateau will be made after completion and commissioning of 27 MLD water treatment plant at Opa, which is nearing completion and likely to be commissioned by December 2019.,” he added.
The Chief Minister, speaking on the occasion said that meanwhile arrangement would be made to supply water to these residents by way of water tankers of the public works department.
He also observed that if everything goes as per the schedule, then Goan water consumers could start receiving 24×7 water supply by the year 2025.
Earlier, the St Cruz MLA, Antonio Fernandes brought to the notice of the House the plight of these residents, in the absence of water.