Water supply to the residents of Bhoma-Adcolna, Banastari, Tivr-Orgao and Marcel in Ponda taluka and Kumbharjua and St Estevam in Tiswadi was finally restored on Friday evening, nine days after the supply to the areas was stopped following the collapse of a retaining wall at Curti-Khandepar leading to damage to two major pipelines.
Following the completion of the restoration work of the 750-mm diameter pipeline at Curti-Khandepar, the public works department (PWD) gradually released water through the pipeline around 6.15 am on Friday. After testing the line, water pressure was slowly increased hour after hour and by 6 pm, the residents of the affected areas started receiving water in their taps.
The 750-mm pipeline, originating at the Opa water treatment plant, is connected to many PWD tanks in all the villages starting from Bhoma till Old Goa. These tanks were filled first and later water supply was released to the affected residents because of which it took almost 12 hours for the water to reach the public, PWD officials said.
It may be noted that a portion of the retaining wall, built along the Curti-Khandepar stretch of the Ponda-Belagavi highway, had collapsed on August 15, thereby damaging two major water pipelines (900-mm and 750-mm), which supplied water from the Opa plant to the entire Tiswadi taluka and parts of Ponda taluka. As a result, water supply to Panaji, Taleigao, St Cruz, St Andre and Cumbharjua and parts of Priol and Marcaim in Ponda taluka was affected.
The PWD repaired the 900-mm pipeline on Wednesday and water supply to the areas of Panaji, Taleigao, St Cruz and St Andre was subsequently restored.