Villagers from Sattari and Bicholim still facing hardships

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April 11, 2014 at 11:26 am #5297

Some villages in Sattari and Bicholim continue to face hardships over the supply of power and water, as the services are yet to be fully restored, six days after a squall uprooted scores of trees in several areas of both talukas.

Telephone lines are also still down in some places.

As the number of water tankers available with the public works department (PWD) of Sattari are limited, the department could not cope with the villagers’ requirement of drinking water, said sources.

The electricity department too is finding it difficult to restore power supply with 83 poles broken in parts of Poriem, Morlem and Keri.

Shailesh Burye, assistant engineer, electricity department, Sakhali, said, “Replacing 20 poles of high tension power is not easy as these areas lie in the foothills of the Western Ghats. We have replaced 40 poles to facilitate power supply to settlement areas, but another 20 poles need to be replaced for street-lighting. We have employed 15 gangs with 165 labourers on contract to get the work done.”

Though the agriculture department has claimed that about 200 hectares of agricultural and horticultural crops have been affected, locals say the actual losses could increase threefold.

Navalo Zore from Dhangarwada, Ghoteli No. 2, said, “My family is badly affected. Our horticultural crops are damaged and the roof and walls of our house have been damaged.”

While power supply has been resumed in many squall-affected areas it is not constant, say villagers, adding that there are outrages every two hours and even in the night.

The repeated power failures have affected civic services in Poriem, Morlem and Keri, claims locals.

Ismail Haider Karol, former sarpanch of Keri, alleged, “No bank is providing service in our area. The ATM service of a nationalized bank has been non-functional for the last six days. Our telephones are also out of order. We are being severely inconvenienced.”

Vijay Rane from Poriem said, “We required diesel generators to pump water from the wells, but since this was not possible we have been facing severe water problems.”

Source/Reference: Times of India, “Villagers from Sattari and Bicholim still facing hardships

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