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Debris along River Sal, waterways still awaiting clean up operations

13th June 2018, 02:59 Hrs


the goan I network

MARGAO

The monsoon has set in the State, but the debris lying along the River  Sal and the waterways are still awaiting  clean up operation by the PWD, National Highways near the culvert being built as  part of the Western bypass work on the Nuvem-Seraulim border.

A visit  to the site revealed that the debris dumped under the culvert under  construction along the River Sal course has been removed. But, the  debris strewn all along the river as well as on its embankment remains  to be removed till date, raising fears amongst locals that the debris  may cause free flow of water when the skies open with full fury.

Even  the rain water flowing from behind the residence of TCP Minister Vijai  Sardesai and joining the river Sal seemed to have slowed down because  the debris as well as the wall built as part of the Western bypass work.

The  site was inspected by Nuvem MLA Wilfred D’Sa and the ground reality at  the site prompted his office to dash off a letter to the district  Collector, South to take immediate action before heavy rains disrupt the  flow of rain water along the river course.

A look at the land  filling carried out by the National Highways to build the bypass along  the Nuvem-Seraulim stretch revealed that water was found stagnated along  the stretch right up to the culvert built for the bypass.

The Nuvem  MLA has said that the debris lying along the river course as well as in  the water catchment area on the Nuvem side of the bypass should be  cleared immediately to ensure smooth flow of water during heavy rains. “These are the water catchment areas of the Nuvem-Seraulim villages  which should be cleared of the debris and other obstructions, be it by  the National Highways or the Water Resources Department before the  entire area is inundated by the rain water,” 

he added.