SANKHALI: The Water Resources Department, under the guidance of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, has been successful in building a mega water project along the Chapora river, at a cost Rs 50 crore.
The project will cater to the water needs of entire North Goa including Bicholim.
The project is almost complete, and a final test will be carried out in a couple of days.
The project will make North Goa self sufficient as far as the water needs are concerned, said Manohar Parrikar.
It may be noted that Tillari irrigation project, which supplies water to Goa, has always had problems due to regular breaching of the canal.
In 2012, there was a major breach which made Parrikar to call for an urgent meeting with top officers of the WRD to sort out the issue. A Rs 57-crore plan was finalised to pump water from the Chapora river in the Sal village.
The work on the project has been completed and 5 big pumps of 650 horsepower have been installed.
The project is fully equipped with an electric power station and a generator system in order to prevent any interruption during the water supply.
After the project is commissioned, the water will be pumped from the Chapora river and transferred to the Assonora water treatment plant every day before it can be supplied to Bardez and parts of Porvorim.
The project has been completed under the watchful eyes of WRD engineers P Kamat, Sandeep Nadkarni, Pramod Badami, Raikar and K P Naik.
The Tillari canal used to supply 110 MLD of water to the Assanora water treatment plant.
However, in the last four years the water supply has been irregular.
In 2012, due to the canal breach, the water supply was stopped for almost five months.
While speaking to this daily the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said, “I always wanted Goa to be self sufficient in water supply and the Tillari project was not a reliable source for water to Goa due to regular interruptions. We worked on a plan to pump water from the Chapora river which was designed and finalised in four meetings.”
Pramod Badami, executive engineer of WRD said, “We have conducted trial of the water project and I am happy to announce the success of our dream project. The project will be inaugurated in the last week of April or first week of May. We will not face any water problem as we can now store huge quantity of water in the Amthane dam by pumping water from the Chapora river.”
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that this water project will provide regular raw water, and north Goa including Bicholim will not face any water shortage.
The WRD Minister Dayanand Mandrekar said “The team of engineers has done a good job to ensure regular water supply to north Goa.”
Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal said that the mega project will be of great help to the people in Bicholim, Bardez and other areas of north Goa.
Sawal said that the government must develop local water bodies and natural springs in every village to ensure 24 hours water supply to the residents of the state.