SANKHALI : Speaker and Mayem MLA Anant Shet and Sankhali MLA Dr Pramod Sawant have taken serious note of the acute and regular water shortage in the Bicholim taluka which comprises Bicholim, Mayem and Sankhali constituencies.
Frequent power failure, for the last some days, led to the disruption of water pumping at the Padoshe treatment plant, which subsequently affected the water supply to the Bicholim taluka.
On Sunday, Shet called up principal chief engineer Uttam Parsekar and held meeting with the concerned officials of the PWD and electricity department over the issue.
Shet directed to the officials to fix the water supply problem as the people are highly inconvenienced. He also brought to the notice of the officials that whatever little water the people receive is often found to be muddy.
Parsekar also instructed his officers to find out the faults and submit a report in two days.
He told them to rectify the faults within 7 days so as to make the supply of water regular.
It was also decided to provide water to hilly and other areas by digging bore wells.
Frequent power failure is the main reason for the disruption of water supply; it may be noted that the underground power cable has developed a fault, which has led to power failure.
“The machinery at the Padoshe water treatment plant is very old, and most of the machinery often break down, thereby disrupting the water supply,” informed Shet while speaking to this daily.
Meanwhile, in another development, Sankhali MLA, on Monday, visited Sankhali water treatment plant as the Sankhali people are receiving muddy water.
Dr Sawant asked the officials at the plant to take steps to provide regular and potable water to the Sankhali people.
It was brought to the notice of the MLA by the plant officials that for last two years, the sand cover required for the purification of water has not been provided, and there is no other good mechanism to purify the water, which has resulted in the supply of muddy water.
However, the officials said that the water is safe for drinking, and added that it is advisable to boil and drink the water.
Dr Sawant also appealed to the people to drink water only after boiling.
He also contacted the PWD Minister over telephone and intimated him about the irregular water supply to the area.
The PWD Minister in turn directed the officials to look into the matter on an urgent basis.
Meanwhile, the people of Bicholim taluka have appealed to the government to take urgent steps to supply regular and potable water to them. They also threatened to stage morcha if the water supply is not made regular.
“The PWD Minister must take up the issue on a priority and give instructions to the officials to supply water on a regular basis,” said BMC chairperson Rajaram Gaonkar and vice chairperson Ajit Birje.