|May 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm #5380|
The entire Mormugao taluka is facing a shortage of water this summer due to the constant failure of power supply and also due to the breakdown of pipelines. Had the local self governing bodies in the taluka cleaned up the wells in their jurisdiction, which serve as sources of potable water, the problem could have been eased to a great extent.
Mormugao Municipal Council and the nine panchayats — Chicalim, Chicolna-Bogmalo, Sancoale, Cortalim-Quelossim, Velsao-Pale-Issorcim, Cansaulim-Arossim-Cuelim, Majorda-Calata, Verna and Nagoa could have very well taken up the cleaning up of the wells in their areas, but the model code of conduct came their way.
These local self governing bodies were supposed to clean up the wells, however, due to the model code of conduct none of them took up the work, putting many people to a great inconvenience.
Many make do with the water from the wells as and when the taps run dry.
Sources at the Mormugao BDO disclosed that the panchayat bodies, which failed to clean up the wells in their respective areas in view of the model code of conduct in force due to the Lok Sabha polls could adopt resolutions and send the same to the BDO in order to seek funds from the Directorate of Panchayats for the work. It was disclosed that there are around 200 wells, including the private ones, in the jurisdiction of the nine panchayats.
Speaking to this daily, director of panchayats Narayan Sawant said that all the panchayats in the state should have started cleaning up wells in their respective jurisdiction in the month of October, November or else in the month of December, however, these bodies did not take up the work, putting the people to a great inconvenience.
“The mode code of conduct came into force in the month of March. All the panchayat bodies could have adopted a resolution in the month of October, November or December and started the work of cleaning the wells in their respective areas,” added Sawant.
He maintained that the directorate of panchayats has given a priority to cleaning up of the wells, which is one of the most important works to be taken up by the panchayat bodies in their respective areas in the interest of the people.
“All the panchayats in the state should now adopt an immediate special resolution in order to clean up the wells in their respective areas, as the Election Commission has revoked the model code of conduct in order to take up the development works,” he added.
“I would immediately approve the proposals, if any, related to the cleaning up of the wells, received from the panchayat bodies and forward them to the state government for its immediate approval,” he stated.
Meanwhile, chief officer of the Mormugao Municipal Council Yeshwant Tavde disclosed that although the council did not take up the work of cleaning the wells in its jurisdiction this time in view of the model code of conduct in force due to the Lok Sabha elections, it has made a ward-wise list of the wells, water from which is basically used for drinking purpose. There are nearly 100 wells in the jurisdiction of the municipality.
“The Mormugao Municipality will accord a priority to the work of cleaning the wells, and try to make immediate arrangements for the purpose by the end of this month,” he added.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Poll code comes in the way of well cleaning in Mormugao“