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Rane visits Zarme over reports of ‘scarcity of drinking water’

Valpoi: Taking cognizance of the media reports on ‘scarcity of drinking water’ in Zarme, Poriem MLA Pratapsing Rane visited the village along with the officials of PWD on Friday.

Rane, on Friday morning, along with OSD to PWD Minister and PWD executive engineer Baretto; assistant engineer Subash Gawde and JE Viraj Patil met the villagers of Zarme and enquired about their problem.

The aggrieved villagers blamed the pump operator and concerned PWD official for the intermittent water supply to their village.

Elderly persons told Rane about the inconvenience faced during the past few weeks.

A group of women alleged that the pump operator is not performing his duty properly. They also alleged negligence on the part of PWD junior engineer. Meanwhile, a PWD official disclosed  that due to low pressure, the flow of water is affected as topography is uneven and so cannot supply water to

the area.

The PWD official informed that a proposal for laying a  new pipeline connecting the area directly to Dabos water treatment plant is the pipeline, and one the pipeline is laid the village will get uninterrupted water supply.

After hearing the both the sides, Rane sought immediate intervention of the PWD officials to restore water supply to the village.

He said that the villagers have informed him that there is a sharp fall in water supply in the last few days and they don’t even have drinking water.

“The PWD has to do an alternative arrangement. Water pump running on diesel should be in place during power shutdown. I need the problem resolved on a priority,” Rane said.

After the villagers told the MLA that the capacity of the existing water tank is not sufficient, he also told the officials to propose construction of  a new water storage tank, from where water can be pumped and supplied to the places which do not receive the supply.

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