|April 9, 2016 at 5:54 pm #6334|
Though a public notice issued by JICA states that the work would tentatively be completed in 20 days, going by the past record, the work is unlikely to end before monsoons.
In the public notice, JICA advised the general public to change course if they are travelling from over bridge via Navelim on NH-17, Rawanfond circle to Navelim church and surrounding areas. Savio Coutinho, a former Margao municipal chairperson, has claimed that the sewerage plan would leave out several big and small households from its coverage.
“The eastern side of the road will be dug and the precast manhole will be fit; but what about the western side of the road which presently has huge buildings and households? There is no plan for getting a sewer line for this side,” he said. Savio also informed that the chances of the other side being connected to the presently under-construction side manholes is less as a high tension underground power line is passing through the divider of the National highway.
Meanwhile, the local have expressed concern over the constant digging and the timing of the work as people of Margao and surrounding area have had bad experiences when it comes to JICA works.
Further, the locals believe that the benefits of the sewer lines would not reach them before a year from now.
Source/Reference: Herald, “JICA takes up major sewer work in Navelim“