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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar speaking during the function at  the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao on Sunday

Parrikar stresses on judicious use of water


MARGAO: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday stressed on    judicious use of  water as availability of water  would  be a  major issue in  the country in this  century.

Speaking at the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao after commissioning the 100-MLD water  treatment plant at Selaulim and  the transmission  mains from Sirvoi to  Verna, Parrikar  said, “Goans are lucky to  have  24×7  water supply. But totally depending on this luck and doing nothing will only heighten our water woes. I feel that we all should lay emphasis on water harvesting,  as it has been suggested in the  new building code.’’

He spoke about the hardship undergone by the people of his Rajya Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh for a pot of water.

Parrikar told media persons on the sideline of the function that the Centre has cleared the customs duty running into crores of rupees for the  MIG-29K fighter plane acquired from Russia.

The fighter plane has been lying at the “Goa port” since May 2 for want of  clearance from the customs.

The country will have to pay a great deal of money  in the form of customs duty for military purchases  like fighter planes, overhauled engines and spares of Mirages 2000.

“I have already cleared the customs duty.  As   it (duty) is newly  introduced  there has been a procedural delay. It has been sorted  out. In next two to three days everything  will be resolved,”   he said.

Parrikar parried a question on whether he was keen on coming back to Goan politics.

Speaking on the occasion, PWD Minister Ramakrishna  ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar said that a   dream has come true on Sunday, as South Goa would now get water round-the-clock.

“South Goa consumes a total of 200 MLD water per day, but we supply much more water. People do not value it. I appeal to the  people to make right use of the filtered water supplied at  negligible   rates unlike that of  neighbouring states,’’  Dhavalikar said.

He claimed that in the last two and half  years,  the  PWD  has increased  the revenue by around 30 per cent by plugging  leakages.  “This apart, we have reduced the wastages from 40 per cent to  25 per cent,’’ he said.

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar praised Parrikar for taking a keen interest in resolving Goa’s problems.

Highlighting the water woes in Mormugao, Power Minister Milind Naik hoped that the new water treatment plant would put an end to the water crisis.

Others who spoke on the occasion were   South Goa MP Narendra  Sawaikar and MLAs Mauvin  Godinho,  Vijay Sardesai  and Chandrakant Kavlekar.

RDA Minister Alina Saldanha, Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado,  and MLAs Alex Reginaldo Lourenco,  Caetano  D’Silva and  Ganesh  Gaunkar  were also  present on the occasion.


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