Gogol water testing lab unused for want of staff
Work on the state-of-the-art water testing laboratory at Gogol-Margao was planned and executed in 2011 under the JICA project at an estimated cost of Rs 2.43 crore.
The avowed objective was simple: To ensure quality control of the water from the Selaulim water reservoir before water is supplied and distributed to the consumers of both Salcete and Mormugao.
Though work on the ambitious project was expected to be completed by April 2012, the laboratory — which was supposed to act as a central lab in Goa given its state-of-the-art equipments and facilities – is still awaiting commissioning till date.
Sources said that the contractor has completed the civil works, while the necessary equipments stand supplied and installed. And, if PWD officials are to be believed, the laboratory has not been commissioned till date for want of staff.
Sources said that the appointment of a chief chemist and two assistant chemists, besides other has not been done till date. A PWD official told Herald that the file pertaining to the staff appointment was dispatched to the head office around 2-3 months ago, but no appointment has been done so far.
When contacted, PWD Principal Chief Engineer, J S Rego told Herald that the government is in the process of appointment the required staff to man the laboratory.
“The matter is under the consideration of the government. The necessary staff, including lower level staff will be cleared in the coming weeks”, he said.
Incidentally, Herald inquiries have revealed that the laboratory building is yet to get a power connection.
The file, sources said, is being processed by the PWD and the connection is likely to be issued only after the necessary payments. [H]