Work on Virdi dam continuing sans Goa govt permission


Maharashtra is continuing with work on Virdi dam in Virdi village of Dodamargtaluka, allegedly without obtaining environmental clearances and required permissions from Goa government for an irrigation project, said ChandrakantShinde, a wildlife enthusiast.
The distance of Virdi dam from Anjunem irrigation project and Mhadei wildlife sanctuary is 2.45km.
Chandrakant Shinde, said, "Building dam in Virdi, not even 3 km away from the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary, will not only diminish the flow and quantity of water but at the same time the construction work poses serious threat to wildlife and ecology of the area."
In 2006, Goa government had agreed to the work of constructing the dam at Sambalyachi Rai in Virdi near Shiroli. The height of Virdi dam is 50mts and length is 780mts. Maharashtra has already completed the work of 300mts tunnel for facilitating hydroelectricity generation and irrigating to Aai, Girode, Vazare and Tiracol.
Srikant Patil, superintendent engineer of WRD Margao, who is handling the case in the Mhadei water tribunal, said in the tribunal, "Without informing us, the government of Maharashtra shifted the site of Virdi dam 3km away from the proposed site. We have brought to the notice of the tribunal work on the dam taken in Virdi. When the matter is in tribunal Maharashtra has to stop the work on the dam."
S R Patil, the executive engineer of WRD, Maharashtra, speaking to TOI said, "Environmental clearance is not necessary, as the project work has been taken before 2006. We have undertaken the work on the project as water is needed for drinking purposes. Earlier, we decided to undertake work jointly, but Goa has not given its response and hence we have started the work of dam 3km upstream of Kattika nalla." [TOI]