The Health Minister
Vishwajit Rane, on Monday, instructed the PWD officials to draw samples of
water being supplied to the Keri villagers and send them to laboratory for
carrying out further ‘evaluation.’
Rane also directed the
officials to carry out inspection for identifying an alternative location to
set up a water pump to continue providing clean water to the people of Keri.
The Health Minister held
a review meeting in Panaji with the officials of PWD, WRD, and panchayat body
of Keri, over the matter of the iron content in water.
“We need to find a way
to directly pump water out of the dam into the tank and send it further for
filtration,” he said.
Health Minister said
that PWD officials will be sending a detailed report on the findings in 7
“However, the latest
preliminary report suggests that the iron content in water is within
permissible limits,” he added.
“We shall be closely
monitoring the situation. I request the people of Keri not to have any apprehensions,” Rane said.
He said that action has
already been initiated in the interest of the people of Keri so that they
continue to have clean water through the filtration plants.
It may be recalled that
Keri village has been facing the problem of irregular water supply now and
then, and also the issue of polluted water often.
And, this time, the
presence of iron content in the water has become a matter of grave concern.
When contacted, some
locals informed that that they were getting murky water having some odour. The issue was brought to notice of PWD official and it was learnt that as the
lower gates of Anjunem dam were opened recently, water carried away with it the
sludge that was settled down into the canal.
According to the PWD
official, every year, the upper gate used to be
opened first for releasing water into the canal which is connected to
water treatment plant.
The official said that
they have conducted inspection at Keri dam, and as per the report the iron
content in water is within permissible limits.
“Our department has
initiated quick action in the interest and safety of the people of Keri so that
they continue to have clean water through the filtration plants,” the official
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