|June 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm #5470|
Although the monsoon has set in, but not in full force, the pre-monsoon works, that are supposed to be completed before the rains, are still going on in various parts of Salcete.
Drains clogged with silt, dry leaves and plastic waste are a common sight at many places as the panchayats have failed to meet the deadline of May 31 of completing the pre-monsoon works.
A random survey of various villages in Salcete showed a sorry story of the preparedness of the panchayats with villagers expressing concern over possible water-logging and outbreak of vector-borne diseases.
Says Carl Fernandes (name changed) from Navelim, the choked drains are blocking free flow of rain water. “Fortunately the rains have not been too heavy hence we have not felt the brunt of it,” he said.
Residents of Aquem-Baixo also expressed concern over the pre-monsoon works not being carried out and the drains remaining clogged. The village was in the news last year due to outbreak of malaria.
A sarpanch, requesting anonymity, said that “we had cleaned the drains but garbage is being dumped in them. We have tried to create awareness among people against dumping of garbage in the drains but in vain.”
Navelim sarpanch Frank Fernandes, however, said that the village panchayat has carried out the pre-monsoon works while the drains along the highway have been taken up for cleaning now after the intervention of the MLA and Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado.
He said that the drains along the highway are to be maintained by the PWD (highway), “however often it gives the impression that the village panchayats are not carrying out the work properly.”
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Monsoon sets in, but pre-monsoon works in Salcete still going on“