PANAJI: The major repair works of the Tillari irrigation canal have been completed and raw water pumping to Goa was commenced early morning today.
Officials at site said the canal was closed for almost a month but with it resumption, water shortage issue in Porvorim area will be resolved.
“Major repair works of Tillari canal have been completed. Water was released today early morning Efforts are being made to ensure that there is no shortage of water,” he said.
Bardez, specifically Porvorim and Saligao, could receive supplies by Friday or Saturday, according to WRD executive engineer Milind Gaude.
Water shortages in the Porvorim and Saligao constituencies have been severe since November 27 due to Tillari canal maintenance activities. Water from Tillari was no longer supplied through the two canals.
Even though the Tillari Canal’s maintenance was finished on December 22, the water’s release to the Goa side has been delayed due to a technical issue at the dam’s main gate on the Maharashtra side.
According to Gaude, the Maharashtra WRD executive engineer stated that the technical problem will be fixed by late Wednesday night.
As soon as the PWD began work on the Tillari Canal, plans were made to supply water from Anjunem and Assonora to North Goa. However, many villages in Porvorim and Saligao have suffered greatly as a result of the closure of the Porvorim water treatment plant.
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.