|April 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm #5323|
Taps in semi-urban and rural areas of Bicholim taluka have run dry since Wednesday night, while Bicholim town also faced acute shortage of water for two days until the supply was partly restored on Thursday.
Sources at the water supply section claim that authorities at Padocem water treatment plant suddenly stopped water supply under the pretext of some repair work to be undertaken without any prior notice to the public or making elaborate arrangements for water supply.
The supply was restored on Thursday night after agitated residents threatened to hold a protest in the streets. Bicholim town residents complained that the supply is poor as the taps are running on low pressure.
PWD assistant engineer was not available for comments but an official Bhiva Parab attached to the water supply section, said that, the water supply has been suddenly stopped by authorities at Padocem plant under the pretext of repairs.
On Friday, residents of Latambarcem, Mayem, Pilgao, Onamaulinguem, Narve, Vatadhev, Surla, Arvalem, Amona, Navelim, Virdi, Cudnem and parts of Sankhali faced acute water shortage.
Tulsidas Chodankar, panch member of Mayem, told TOI that neither is water flowing through the taps, nor has any arrangement been made for water supply through tankers.
Locals from Sonar Peth, Bordem, Naiknagar, Gaonkarwada, Mandrekarwada, Bhalipeth, Ona, Atil Peth, Bandarwada and other areas in Bicholim town also suffered from water shortage on Wednesday and Thursday.
“It is the duty of the government to inform people in advance before undertaking any kind of repair work which is related to water supply. Authorities concerned should supply water with the help of tankers as there are no other sources available to us,” said Demu Pal, a villager of Bordem.
In a desperate attempt to attend to their basic needs, Suresh Chodankar and Somnath Mukhiya, both residents Sonar Peth in Bicholim, said that they had to procure water from Nagzar spring, situated on the outskirts of Bicholim. Chodankar says they were not the only ones and many other residents were forced to head for the spring to fetch water.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Locals head to the springs, as taps run dry in Bicholim“