Margao sewerage network awaits CM’s attention

Will Margao’s long-delayed sewerage project receive attention from Chief Minister, Manohar Parrrikar in his budget estimates for the year 2013-14. If the river Sal is left contaminated by sewage water from the commercial capital, it is primarily due to the absence of a sewerage network in the city, with work on the sewerage dragging since 2005 want of funds.  During his visit to the sewage treatment plant at Sirvodem-Navelim, Parrikar had promised to personally take care of Margao’s sewage problem, since it was directly linked to the contamination of river Sal. Herald inquiries have revealed that rough estimates prepared by the Goa Sewerage & Infrastructural Development Corporation have put the total funds required to implement the Margao sewerage project to Rs 140 crore. These estimates include Rs 80 crore towards the ongoing sewerage works undertaken by the Corporation in the Malbhat-Aquem-Power house area of the densely populated south zone. The balance Rs 60 crore form part of the estimates towards the replacement of the damaged sewerage line laid in the 80’s & 90’s between Arlem and the Sirvodem sewage treatment plant. Incidentally, expert report submitted by a BITS Pilani professor on the acute contamination of the river Sal had laid stress on the sewerage network in the to prevent sewerage water from finding its way in the river. Sources in the Goa Sewerage and Infrastructure Development Corporation revealed that the agency has asked the government Rs 250 crore to implement sewerage projects not only in Margao, but also in Navelim village, Porvorim and Ponda. Micro-tunneling technology to be used Perhaps for the first time in the state, the government will use the mico-tunneling technology to lay Margao’s sewage line – linking the Apollo Victor hospital to the Margao Sewerage treatment plant at Sirvodem-Navelim. The 2.4 km long tunnel will cost the exchequer a whopping Rs 40 crore. It will pass beneath the Konkan railway tracks near the Apollo Victor Hospital, then to the Rajendra Prasad stadium side, the Kudchadkar hospital before joining the STP at Sirvodem. Sources said the Sewage Corporation has already issued the work order to the Delhi party and the process of mobilization of machinery is presently underway. Work will commence from April 1 and the contractor is set a 18 month deadline to complete the work in all respects, sources added. [H]