There is some hope for River Sal as a project to improve the water quality and groundwater contamination as remedial measures of Salcete's lifeline is being drawn up by a Japanese company.
The project will be funded by the Japan government.
Speaking to TOI, chief minister Manohar Parrikar said "I have requested the Japanese delegation to examine the pollution in River Sal and give a proposal to the state government." Parrikar also said that as a temporary measure, the government has moved a proposal to clean River Sal and as a long term measure, the Japanese delegation has been asked to recommend measures after conducting an exclusive study.
The five member team from Japan under the leadership of Kanji Tamamushi, international business advisor for Panasonic excel international company limited, which deals in preservation of the environment, visited River Sal on Wednesday.
River Sal originates from the hill at Verna and passes through Nuvem, Margao, Benaulim, Varca, Orlim and Chinchinim before it enters the Arabian Sea at Betul.
River Sal is the third largest river of Goa with a 35 km length.
The Japanese team will conduct an analysis of the water and it will recommend measures to improve the water quality.
"The detailed proposal with recommendations will be forwarded to the Japan government through the department of economic affairs, government of India, for seeking grant for the project to improve the water quality and ground water contamination as remedial measures," said Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) chairman Jose Manuel Noronha, speaking to TOI.
The Japan delegation on Thursday met chief minister Manohar Parrikar and held a discussion on improving the water quality of the river.
The delegation was assisted by a seven member GSPCB team. The stretch of river from Mungul to Kharebhand is highly polluted due to influx of sewage and other waste. This stretch is also narrow and the flow of water is restricted. [TOI]