Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) has approached the North Goa collector seeking direction under Section 33 of National Disaster Management Act, 2005 to Captain of Ports (COP) and water resources department (WRD) to undertake the work of dredging of the Tar river bed immediately.
Desilting of Tar river has been a major concern for Mapusa Municipal Council as all major nullahs carrying rainwater end up into this river where siltation has taken place over the years and as a result the flow of water has been affected. During the last monsoon, Khorlim and Mapusa market area had witnessed flooding.
The chief officer of MMC Clen Madeira has written to the collector requesting to issue directions for undertaking dredging of the Tar river immediately to avoid repeat of flooding in Mapusa.
Madeira, in his letter to the collector, has stated that in March 2016 and then in April 2017 the council had approached the COP to undertake dredging of river Tar and in response, the COP in May 2017 had conducted a joint inspection following which the council was informed that COP was not in a position to undertake dredging due to accessibility issue.
He further stated in the letter that in May 2018 the water resources department was requested to undertake dredging but it expressed inability to undertake the work as it does not come under its purview.
Madeira said that “since last two years we have been writing to the concerned department requesting to undertake dredging as the river near the church area is heavily silted.”
He added that “although the MMC has undertaken desilting of all drains in the market, flooding is witnessed as the nullah water gets obstructed downstream. We have done our job but other factors like siltation in the river, non-dredging are contributing to flooding.”
On desilting of drains along the major district road, the chief officer said that “we have written to the PWD to undertake the work as the drains along the major district road come under their jurisdiction. Even the WRD has been asked to undertake desilting of major nullahs.”