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Sewage Water Continues To Flow Into Fields At Ambaji  
Source:   HERALD City   : Chennai Published On   03-12-2009  


The authorities seem to have run out of ideas how to arrest the rampant discharge of sewage waters in the paddy fields behind the District Hospital project at Ambaji – at the entrance to Margao city.

It’s nearly a month now since PWD Minister Churchill Alemao visited the site along with GPCC General Secretary Vijay Sardessai – their second visit to the locality in the last two months – but, there’s no respite for the beleaguered residents, as sewage waters gushes out of the damaged chamber unabated, leaving the fields contaminated.

Residents recall that the PWD Minister had served a three-day deadline on the hospital contractor to rectify the civil work, but work continues at the hospital project site unhindered, while no action has been taken to plug the sewage leakage.

“We have to breathe foul odour day in and out as sewage flows in the adjoining paddy fields. The entire area is stinking of foul odour. The area has been converted into a mosquito breeding site”, remarked a local resident Sabina Miranda. “When the ministers and officials came to inspect the problem, the hospital contractor was told to rectify all problems within three days, but it’s a month since the deadline was served, but there’s no action on the issue”, she lamented.

If the locals are to be believed, the hospital contractor was told to leave an eight-meter road, but nothing has changed at the ground level.

Another resident Navidade Colaco said the visits by PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao and Fatorda MLA Damu Naik have not changed the ground reality. “The sewage chamber pipe which was left damaged by the work on the hospital project has not been repaired till date. We fail to understand why the authorities are going slow in plugging the sewage seepage’, he wondered.

PWD officials, when contacted, admitted that repair work of the damaged chamber has not commenced yet as the department was waiting for the water table to further go down.

An official, however, assured that work on repairing the chamber will be rectified soon, adding that they had been waiting for the hospital contractor to build the retaining wall.

After his inspection of the sewerage line laid in the Fatorda area of the city, the PWD Minister and the Chairman of Goa Sewerage Corporation Ganashyam Shirodkar had announced an ambitious project to replace the faulty underground line between Arlem to the

Sewage Treatment Plant at Sirvodem-Navelim.
Affected residents, however, feel it may take years for completion of the line replacement work and demanded that temporary measures ought to be initiated by the authorities to plug seepage of the sewage waters in the paddy fields and water bodies.

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