Goa likely to get Tillari water from next week


Goa is likely to get Tillari canal water from next week as the repair work of the damaged canal at Khanyale in Maharashtra is nearing completion with only clay work pending, informed the contractor who is undertaking the repair work.
It is learnt that the concerned superintendent engineer and his subordinates are continuously monitoring the situation at every phase. Due to this, the repair work has got delayed. The repairs are being undertaken by using proportionate amount of cement and concrete, it is being claimed.
It may be recalled that the Tillari canal at Khanyale was damaged and a major hole had developed to it on February 5 due to which the water supply from the canal was stopped once again severely affecting the farmers of Goa. The repair work of the same was started on February 12.
The works like clearing the mud, stones, and damaged cement pipes from the canal area was done first followed by the overall cleaning of canal. The concrete bed was then prepared and the new cement pipes were laid on the same which were then patched up with cement. Sufficient time period was needed to complete the work at every stage and entire process due to which it was not possible to provide water to Goa by March 5.
Meanwhile, due to damage to the canal, crops in areas of Dodamarg and Bicholim taluka have dried up and farmers in Dodamarg, Nanora, Latambarcem are suffering heavy loses. Only some parts of Sal village are getting water for farming.
Meanwhile, WRD is closely monitoring the situation and is providing kerosene to farmers to use pumps to supply water to their cultivations.
“We are suffering heavy damages due to stoppage of water and this year our paddy cultivation has totally vanished,” claimed Mr Gangaram Tulaskar from Dodamarg. [NT]