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Panjim not yet ready to face monsoons

The showers in the wee hours of Thursday across the State may have provided the much-needed relief from the sweltering summer heat, but on the other hand, thousands across the entire State had to spend sleepless nights due to the disruption in power supply.Of course, the subsequent morning they also witnessed water-logging and problems associated with excessive rains and insufficient planning.

Many areas across the State, including Panjim faced power cuts following strong winds, which resulted in many trees getting uprooted with their branches snapping the overhead power-lines, thereby disrupting the electricity supply to households and workplaces alike.

The capital city witnessed power cut from 2.55 am onwards. However, the electricity department officials revealed that attempts were made to restore electricity at many places from 3.30 am but the trees which got uprooted at many places snapped the overhead lines.

While power disruption is aspect during monsoons, various other important jobs which were to be done by now have not been done. In fact, a rough survey around will instantaneously reveal that Panjim city is far from ready from the ensuing onslaught of monsoons.

If just a few hours rains can throw some parts of the city off gear, one can imagine what will happen if there is a heavy downpour for a longer duration. Thursday morning witnessed several parts of the city clogged and since it rained during the night no major hurdles was encountered, specially due to water-logging.

Ironically, the incessant digging throughout the city along with the bridge works at KTC stand have become a major threat to the city this monsoon.

The showers also brought to fore the grim reality and a wake-up call for the authorities that Panjim is not ready to face monsoon, which barely a fortnight away.As was expected, normal life was thrown out of gear also due to the soaring mercury and power failures and intermittent disruptions.

“We understand that it is pre-monsoon work, but at the same time, the department needs to be a little sensitive. With the rising temperatures, they should be aware of how difficult it is to live without ventilation even for a minute,” complained Niraj Verluskar, a resident of Taleigao.

Another local, Aniket Desai said it is stupid on the part of authorities to keep digging throughout the year and when they finish work they leave potholes behind which poses danger during monsoon.

Despite this, The Corporation of City of Panaji Mayor Vithal Chopdekar said they expect the pre-monsoon work to be completed in time.“Almost 75 per cent of work is completed. This time the process was very slow as there was shortage of labourers; but now work is going in full swing,” he said.However, he said the CCP was concerned about the bridge work near Divja Circle.

“My only concern is at the Divja Circle and outside KTC bus stand where the main drains have been blocked due to ongoing bridge works. The work to clean the drains began on a slow pace there, we have time and again been writing to the GSIDC but to no avail,” he said. [H]

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