PONDA: Goa is heading for a major water crisis if it does not rain in the next few days as Mhaisal Dam at Shiroda and Panchawadi level dropped significantly. Water stock will last for just a few days.
A water Crisis has developed at Mhaisal dam with the existing stock of water that will last for a few days and not more than a week.
The 10 MLD water treatment plant is based on the naturally formed Mhaisal Dam at Panchawadi Shiroda, which caters to the need of Shiroda and Panchawadi Village Panchayats and parts of nearby areas.
This dam has its own source of perennial water and depends on rainfall harvested throughout the year at the base of a naturally formed dam which is the only dam source.
There is no exposure to another water source like rivers or nullahs to supply it water in summer crisis.
\WRD Minister Subash Shirodkar, who is also a local MLA, when asked about the critical situation and measures taken on the water crisis, said with the water level dropped at Mhaisal Dam Government decided to install floating pumps at this dam to pump available water.
“Available water at the dam, if pumped with a floating pump, then may be sufficient for another few days to pump, and by then, we hope for monsoon arrival,” he said.
He said the Mhaisal dam is based upon harvested water in monsoon.
“There is no other source of water to this dam. In case of shortage, We have also decided to augment the water requirement through the Salaulim Dam pipeline, which supplies water up to Borim village. The water supply of the Salaulim dam at this line will increase to maintain 5.5 pressure at the Valve located at Borim. This water can be supplied to Shiroda and Panchawadi Villages,” he said.
PWD Minister Nilesh Cabral acknowledged only four days later in Mhaisal dam.
“In the entire Goa, there is the issue of water crisis,” he said.
He added that the future needs the effort to store water to manage the water crisis.
“We will need to harvest plenty of monsoon in Goa and increase storage capacity to meet additional water requirements,” he said.