2 water pipelines ‘damaged’as retaining wall collapses



A portion of the retaining wall built along the
Curti-Khandepar stretch of the Ponda-Belgaum highway collapsed on Thursday,
thereby damaging the two major water pipelines which supply water from Opa
water treatment plant to Tiswadi and parts of Ponda taluka.

With the pipelines getting damaged, there will be
restricted water supply to entire Tiswadi taluka and parts of Ponda till August
17, said PWD officials.

“There is a major breakdown of 900 mm diameter
pipeline and 750 mm diameter pipeline at Curti-Khandepar,” mentions the
statement issued by the PWD, adding that water supply to Ponda (Banastari,
Bhoma, Marcel) and Tiswadi besides adjoining villages, Goa Medical College and
all defence establishments has been affected, and so there will restricted
supply to these places till August 17.

As per the available information, the incident occurred
at around 8.30 am on Thursday, at Curti Khandepar – a 6-metre portion of the
newly constructed retaining wall collapsed.

The retaining wall is a part of the Ponda-Belgaum highway
road widening project.

According to Rashi Shirodkar, engineer of PWD’s water
division, the entire base on which the pipelines were placed has collapsed with
the retaining wall, and repairing both the pipelines will be a difficult task
due to the height of the retaining wall.

“It will take almost 2-3 days to repair the pipelines and
resume the water supply,” Shirodkar said while speaking to this daily.

Following the
incident, Ponda MLA Ravi Naik inspected the collapsed wall and alleged that the
incident has happened due to sub-standard construction work.

“It is not just because of the heavy rain, but due to the
poor quality of work by the contractor, which led to this incident,” Naik said.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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