Sewerage scheme for Margao by 2013

The sewerage scheme for Margao town being built at a cost of 208 crore and covering a network length of about 46km is expected to be completed by May 2013.

Sources in the Sewerage and Infrastructural Development Corporation (SIDC) said that the sewerage scheme for Navelim and suburban areas of Margao town, being built at a cost of 43 crore and spanning a network length of 28km is expected to be completed earlier, in April 2013.

The sewerage scheme for Margao covers the areas of Sirvodem, Khareband, Pedda, Malbhat, Aquem, Costa ground, Vidya Nagar, etc. Already, 6km of the sewerage network in Sirvodem is completed and is functioning. While the Margao sewerage scheme is supposed to have around 3,000 connections, including connections to multi-unit complexes, the Sirvodem area alone serves a population of about 2,500. The network is connected to the 7.5MLD sewage treatment plant at Sirvodem itself.

The 46km sewerage network for Margao by the SIDC is in addition to the 38km sewerage network proposed under the JICA scheme. The JICA sewerage network will cover the areas around the collector's office, part of Comba, Gandhi market, Colmorod, etc. But the JICA work order has still not been issued.

The SIDC's second sewerage scheme for Navelim, which covers the areas of Rumdamol and Davorlim, is also in progress. The 28km network will cater to a population of about 9,000 people. SIDC sources said that work is going on in full swing. In fact, a network of 14km is ready in Rumdamol and the full scheme is expected to be complete by April 2013.

Sources said that the next priority as per the chief minister's budget speech are sewerage schemes in Porvorim and Ponda. In fact, the SIDC has already prepared the detailed project reports for these two schemes and these are awaiting the government's approval. The sewerage scheme for Porvorim and suburban areas is estimated to cost around 254 crore and the scheme for Ponda municipality including Curti, Bandora, Kavlem and other urban agglomerates in Ponda taluka are estimated to cost 403 crore.

The SIDC has also prepared detailed project reports for four more projects. Three are sewerage schemes. One is for Cortalim and suburban areas of Vasco town ( 605 crore), another is for the South Goa coastal belt ( 655 crore) and the third is for Old Goa ( 284 crore). The fourth project is the recycling of effluent and 20MLD treatment plant at Vasco at a cost of 60 crore.

Sources said that depending on the availability of funds, the corporation can go ahead with tendering the projects. But since the length of the sewerage scheme for the South Goa coastal belt is big, that scheme may be executed in phases after taking financial assistance from an outside agency. [TOI]