Mapusa: The Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC), at its special meeting on Wednesday, passed a resolution asking the PWD to urgently undertake work of laying of dedicated water pipeline from Assonora plant to Mapusa constituency, immediately install new pumps at the plant, take up regular maintenance and quarterly mechanical and electrical audit of infrastructure, construct new RCC reservoir and overhead tank and deploy four to five tankers for Mapusa until the water problem is resolved.
Officials of PWD came in for sharp criticism at the special meeting with all councillors blaming the department for the acute water shortage in Mapusa and accusing it of not taking timely action to resolve the issue. They also demanded action against officials responsible for the water crisis.
The special meeting called to discuss the water shortage issue was presided over by the MMC chairperson Ryan Braganza in the presence of Aldona MLA Glenn Ticlo, chief officer Clen Maderia and others. Executive engineer V M Chavan, assistant engineer Subhash Belgaonkar along with junior engineers attended the meeting.
MMC chairperson Ryan Braganza said that the water issue does not come under the purview of MMC but it had to take it up as it is representing the affected people. He said that the department should have come out with a clarification earlier as people panicked as they were left unaware.
Expressing unhappiness over the attitude of PWD employees, MMC vice chairperson Marlene Desouza said that water is being wasted and nobody is bothered adding, “The attitude of PWD officers and workers must change. Ask any layman and he will agree that the PWD is the worst department.”
Aldona MLA Glenn Ticlo, who is co-opted member of the council, said that maintenance is not done on time and is neglected as a result the general public had to suffer during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
He further said, “If machines fail then a back-up system should be in place. Babush (Francis D’Souza) has been calling me to take up the matter with officials and PWD Minister so that people of Mapusa can get some relief.”
Executive engineer V M Chavan informed, “Following failure of pumps in 50 MLD plant, water supply was affected but now we have made alternative arrangement of closing other line so that water can be supplied to Mapusa. Even arrangement of tankers is being made.”
Councillor Madhumita Narvekar said that if on the first day itself the department had released a press note about the problem and by when the water supply will be regularised, people would have not come on to the roads.
Councillor Martin Carvalho said that schools have restarted on Wednesday and officials have been calling MMC requesting for water tankers. He said, “We have to give priority to supply water to all schools as water is a basis necessity.”
Councillor Joshua D’Souza said that since the last eight months, engineers have been meeting Mapusa MLA and giving inputs that less water is being supplied to Mapusa constituency adding, “There is need to check why less water is supplied to Mapusa.”
Councillor Sudhir Kandolkar pointed out that soon the sewage lines will be functional hence MMC should go for de-silting of all unused wells in its jurisdiction so that alternate water sources are available in future.
Following discussion, Sandip Falari had moved the resolution asking PWD to undertake urgent laying of dedicated water pipeline from Assonora plant to Mapusa constituency, immediately install new pumps at the plant with regular maintenance and quarterly mechanical and electrical audit of infrastructure, construction of new RCC reservoir and overhead tank and deployment of four to five tankers for Mapusa until water problem is solved. [NT]