Margao: It’s an irony that the South Goa Collectorate has six water purifiers with drinking water facility for employees in the back end area but just one purifier across the complex for citizens. And this one stores water in a plastic Sintex tank.
The collectorate functions in a swanky ultra-modern four sided massive square building and is named after late Matanhy Saldanha but the building that has over 2,000 visitors daily and has over 500 employees, has just one Sintex tank water for the visitors.
This unit is not provided by the Collectorate but is a water filter donated by the Rotary Club Margao midtown through Pentair. Rotarian Blaise Costabir explains that the water purifiers which are usually given to schools were extended to the collectorate to provide drinking water to civilians who visit the building for various works.
“Since there is no packaging and sale of the water, we cannot intervene as FDA norms apply only to packaged drinking water. In this case the collectorate will have to take responsibility of the hygiene and cleanliness of the storage tank though I find it absurd that the Collectorate allowed a Sintex type tank for storage of drinking water,” stated FDA Director Jyoti Sardessai.
While Mamlatdar Vishal Kundaiker who’s in-charge of infrastructure and facilities at the Collectorate feigned ignorance of the fact that the entire building has just one drinking water facility for civilians and he was quick to add that the Collector should answer these queries and not him.
Vishal himself has double duty at the South Goa Collectorate and Ponda Municipality and is unavailable at the Collectorate on most occasions. The below standard water drinking facility has faced the flak of daily visitors to the collectorate who are left thirsty and to choose water from a Sintex which is not washed nor maintained by Eco Clean. [H]