SAKHALI: Water supply to North Goa from the Tillari canal has been stopped since Wednesday evening as the canal has suffered major breaches at two different places in Maharashtra. This time, the canal has breached at Sasoli and Bhedshi in the neighbouring state.
The Tillari canal has been frequently developing cracks at Sasoli and Bhedshi since the last two years, which has resulted every time in disruption of water supplied to Goa.
According to the dam authorities, the canal has developed the present cracks at the same place where it had breached the last time. The repair work is being undertaken on a war footing, said the canal authorities. Water resource department engineer of Maharashtra Dhiraj Sale said they are trying their best to repair the canal as early as possible. Areas severely affected in Bicholim due to the disruption of water supply are Sal, Nanoda, Vadaval and parts of some other villages in the taluka. Authorities said that water supply to Goa will be resumed from Friday.
According to a local from Sasoli Deelip Gaonkar, the quality of work undertaken is inferior which leads to the canal frequently developing cracks. He said that the cracks will develop every now and then as no precautionary measures are being taken by the authorities. “Tarpauline covers are being used by the authorities to cover the canal and the cracks are repaired with mud and cement,” he said.
Around 120 million litres per day (MLD) of water is supplied from the Tillari canal to the Assonora treatment plant in North Goa. This water is treated and supplied to Bardez taluka and parts of Assonora and Mulgao areas. Water supplied from the canal is also used for irrigation purpose in Bicholim and Pernem talukas.
Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal said that the Tillari project has led to wastage of Goa’s funds. “Inspite of spending crores of rupees, Goa is not being able to get regular supply of water for four months. What is the use of such a project? Goa should find its own water resources and become self sufficient by investing more money and make our natural resources strong,” he said.