Calangute: Simplex company officials working on the sewerage network in Calangute have said that people’s cooperation is the key to complete the project. With the final deadline in November 2019, it seems the sewerage network could run into rough weather.
The Rs 200 crore project is running out of time as without the two pumping stations the whole project will be a flop. Locals and landowners in Calangute are objecting to the setting up of the pumping stations.
Land has been acquired by PWD for the pumping stations, however there is objection from a landowner as the properties are on the main road and is a prime location.
In Gaurawaddo east the land in survey No 137/1 belongs to Anthony Menezes ex-sarpanch and present panch member of Calangute panchayat who has objected to the pumping station, and has given land adjacent to his acquired property belonging to the Calangute communidade, but residents are objecting to the same saying it is a nullah.
While in Gaurawaddo west the property in survey No 118/1 belongs to a temple committee. The old committee had accepted money from the government but the present committee has objected to the same and has given an alternate land at Naikawaddo in survey no 3/7 were residents are objecting to the proposal. This has put the company in a fix to complete the project on time.
There is apprehension with the contractor that there is Rs 50 crore pending bill with the government, and if the work is not completed on time, the government will not pay the bills and it would amount to a loss for the company. Further the company fears that it could be blacklisted by JICA who are financing the project.
Speaking exclusively to this daily, project manager of Simplex Company Atunu Das said that it would take atleast a year to construct the pumping station. Das said that laying of sewage pipeline and construction of manholes has been completed. The project was to be completed in November 2015 but was given an extension of 4 years and the final deadline is November 2019.
The pumping station will be constructed on a 400 sqm of land. The pumping station will be of 4 meter dia and its depth will be 12 meters having 2 pumps.
When landowner Anthony Menezes was contacted, he said that the land is on the main road of Holiday Street where most of the hotels are located and gives a bad sight to tourists. Hence land belonging to the communidade has been proposed.
Calangute sarpanch Shawn Martins said that people are objecting to the pumping stations, but the project will have to come up and a meeting has been arranged between the affected locals, panchayat, MLA, Simplex company officials and PWD to come out with a solution.
Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said that the pumping station will have to come up in Calangute and a meeting will he held with the affected people. Lobo further said as land has been acquired for the pumping station, people’s grievances will be heard and a final call will be taken on the issue.