CALANGUTE: Calangute villagers on Monday submitted a memorandum to the PWD Minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar demanding a solution to the water problem the village is reeling under.
Before approaching the minister, a large number of villagers turned up at the village panchayat office to submit the memorandum to the sarpanch. However, president of Calangute constituency forum Premanand Divkar claimed that neither the sarpanch nor the panchayat members were present to hand over their appeal.
Hence, he said they proceeded to the PWD office at Porvorim to hand over the memorandum where also they could not meet the concerned official and, therefore, left with no choice, they decided to meet the PWD Minister. They submitted the memorandum carrying signatures of more than 100 residents.
Divkar said the PWD Minister has assured them of resolving the issue in two day’s time. He said that the panchayat has to spend money in getting old water lines replaced as they are getting damaged time and again.
Locals claimed that with the tourist season kicking off, it is ensured that PWD water reaches hotels while the hapless residents are forced to put up with water woes. They said that the pipelines that are 30 years old need to be replaced and malpractices like pumping water from the mainline, besides leakages, have to be stopped.
At present, areas like Naikawaddo, Tivai, Madda, Gaurawaddo, Porbawaddo, Umtta Waddo, Agarwaddo are facing water problem. The residents said that most of the time they have to put up with low water pressure and that water comes at odd hours like 3 in the morning and at some places, it stops after half an hour.
Agnelo Silveira told this daily that at Tivai waddo valves of water pipeline are buried under concrete and nobody was acting on the complaints made to the PWD office.
Rosalina Remedious said that she has to hire water tankers, that charge between Rs 900-1000, every alternate day, as they get PWD water only in trickles.
A villager said that he was shocked when he received a hefty bill, that too, without getting proper water supply.
Clotilda Braganza said that she has raised the water issue a number of times at the gram sabha and called for stricter vigilance by PWD against illegal tapping of water.