The repair work on the damaged water pipeline located at St Cruz junction was completed late Friday evening and water supply to the residents of Alto St Cruz, Bambolim, Goa Medical College and hospital, St Inez and Tonca is likely to be restored by Saturday morning.
Even as water supply in Tiswadi taluka, which was affected due to damage to pipeline at Curti-Khandepar, was restored on Wednesday late evening, the water woes of people from Alto St Cruz, Bambolim, Curca and surrounding areas were far from over. Within hours of the restoration of supply, a pipeline located right below the National Highway-17 road near St Cruz junction developed a crack thereby bringing the water supply to areas like Alto St Cruz, Bambolim, GMC, St Inez and Tonca to a complete halt.
Water was noticed leaking from the retaining wall of the
under-construction flyover on the national highway early Thursday morning after
which the supply was stopped and M V Rao Infra Projects Pvt. Ltd, the
contractor executing the work of NH-17, was informed about the same by the PWD.
The repair work on the pipeline was subsequently commenced. However, till late Thursday evening, the exact location of the damaged pipeline could not be traced by the contractor despite carrying out excavation of soil for the whole day.
A PWD official said that the damage to the pipeline could be traced only on Friday morning following which the restoration work was taken up. He said that water supply to some parts of St Andre and St Cruz was resumed on Friday evening, while the residents of the remaining affected areas will be supplied water from Saturday morning.
Minister for Public Works Deepak Pauskar visited the site on Friday morning and took stock of the situation.
It may be noted that St Cruz MLA Antonio Fernandes was furious on Thursday over water supply to parts of his constituency getting affected. He had demanded action against the contractor of the national highway project.