Govt promises new date for water restoration: it’s Wednesday now

Panaji: Despite the fact that the retaining wall
construction for the water pipeline laying work at Curti-Khandepar is going on
in full swing, the water supply to Tiswadi and Ponda areas is likely to be
restored only by Wednesday with a low water flow pressure.

The public works department (PWD) assured that the water
supply will be restored by late Tuesday evening. However, it is unlikely to
happen, as a test needs to be carried out so as to ascertain the load strength
of the pipeline, which is currently being repaired along the Curti-Khandepar
stretch of the Ponda-Belagavi highway.

It may be noted that a portion of the retaining wall
built along the said stretch of the road had collapsed on August 15, thereby
damaging two major water pipelines, which supply water from the Opa water
treatment plant to Tiswadi and parts of Ponda taluka.

“We are working round the clock. Today we will complete
the welding work of the pipeline and by tomorrow (Tuesday) night, water supply
should be restored but not with full pressure,” said principal chief engineer
Uttam Parsekar. He said that using the bends, the 900-mm diameter pipeline will
be lowered and after running for around 25 metres on a concrete base, the pipeline
will be again raised connecting both ends to the original line.

Parsekar said that for the long-term measure, the
same process will be followed for laying the 750-mm diameter pipeline, which is
at a little lower height than the 900-mm pipeline and it will serve as an
alternative pipeline for the future.

He refused to comment on the charges made by PWD Minister
Deepak Pauskar that the current crisis has arisen due to the negligence of a
few engineers in the department. Parsekar said that a report has been submitted
to the minister on the lapse and mismanagement that led to the pipeline damage
after the retaining wall collapsed along the Curti-Khandepar stretch of the
Ponda-Belagavi highway.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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