PANAJI: Stating that the repair work of Tillari Canal has commenced from Goa side, WRD Minister Subhash Shirodkar claimed that the state will not face any scarcity of raw water due to the ongoing works.
“From our side work of Tillari Canal is begun, Maharashtra is yet to start work. We have enough of raw water to supply and hence there will be no scarcity due to closure of Tillari Canal,” said Shirodkar
He further said that said that soil testing for construction of new dams is in process.
“Soil testing and other survey is ongoing. Total 6 dams of which 4 are in Sattari,” he added
The canals are around 30-year-old. The Maharashtra government had decided to take up the maintenance and repair work of the canal.
During the sixth meeting of the Control Board of the Tilari Inter-State Dam Project held in June this year, an expenditure of Rs 330 crore was approved for the revival of canals of the Tillari Inter-State Irrigation Project of Maharashtra and Goa
Officials said that canal works of the Tilari project were done 30 to 35 years ago. Therefore, a consensus was reached regarding revival of the dilapidated canals.
“An expenditure of Rs 330 crore was approved for this. It was also decided to compensate 22 additional project-affected families in Sindhudurg. Sawant proposed to increase the height of the project. It was directed to conduct a comprehensive study of the dam and submit a report. It was agreed to cooperate with Maharashtra for capacity-building of engineers in Goa,” an official said.
“This project mainly provides drinking water to north Goa district. In that sense, this project is important,” the official added.