Pale-Kotambi villagers urge for mini water treatment plant to solve water woes

The sarpanch of Pale-Kothanbi village panchayat, Mr Mahesh Gawas, on behalf of the panchayat body and the villagers, submitted a proposal of grievances to the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar and Sanquelim MLA, Dr Pramod Sawant, urging the setting up of a mini water treatment plant at Mhadei river, to solve the water problem of Pale village on a permanent basis.

Talking to local media at Bicholim on Monday, Mr Gawas said, "Pale village which is facing the brunt of the iron ore mining, is facing several problems and there seems to be no solution in sight, especially to the water crisis this village has seen and is undergoing for the last several years." He said a special initiative is required to be taken so that the water woes of the residents in the village are solved once for all.

The memorandum which was submitted, along with the proposal, contains 50 points; the major ones being development and diversion of mining traffic from Ambegal Pale bazaar main road to Vagus via Maruti temple. It is said that if this is done then it will take care of the traffic problems and dust pollution at Ambegal pale bazaar area. The other demands made are the construction of a 10-bedded hospital at Pale, construction of market complex at Ambegal-Pale, construction of new building for panchayat, to provide ambulance along with driver for panchayat, extension of street light poles at Tixem-Kothambi, hot mixing of road at Rumad, Chawdi-Khazan, installation of new transformer at Tale-Deulwada and near Navdurga temple, construction and asphalting of different roads, installation of high mast lamp at Ambegal-Pale bazaar, vehicle for Pale sector office/substation for maintenance and other emergency works, construction of crematorium and retaining wall at Ambeshi-Pale, construction of children’s park at Pale, sanction of 200 free water taps and 200 free toilets to needy families, employment to local youth from Pale-Kothambi, construction of community hall at Talematha near Rakhneshwar temple/power house, implementation of independent water supply scheme to Pale village, desilting of a rivulet from Salgaonkar colony to culvert near sarvajanik Ganesh immersion spot, to provide 100 electrical poles in various wards for street lights, to provide 1000 RCC slabs on gutter under PWD, to provide fund under NREGA scheme, supply of water from water tank constructed to Ambegal, Paroda, Deulwada, Nawarwada and Talematha, to provide staff for water supply/water pipeline in Pale Kothambi, etc. [NT]