Panaji, March 09, 2019 …Minister for Water Resources Shri Vinod Palyekar in the presence of Minister for Health, Shri Vishwajit Rane laid the foundation stone for construction of barrage and upgradation of Raw Water Pumping Station on Mhadei River at Ganjem for Opa water works at a function held at Ganjem, Usgao recently.
Present on the occasion were Shri Dyaneshwar Naik, Zilla Panchayat Member, Ms. Asmita Gaude, Sarpanch Village Panchayat Usgao, Smt.Seema Mascarenhas, Shri William Mascarenhas, Shri Dinesh Tari, Shri Tulsidas Prabhu, Shri Gurudas Gaude, Smt. Sunanda Naik and Smt. Rekha Velingkar .
Addressing the gathering Shri Palyekar said due to rapid urbanization coupled with industrialization and growth in tourism sector the demand for drinking water is increasing. The available water discharge into the Khandepar River is unable to cater the increasing demand for drinking water. He further said that Minister for Health, Shri Vishwajit Rane has taken the right initiatives for construction of barrage and up gradation of raw water pumping station on Mhadei River to supply 110 MLD of raw water to Opa water works. He also said the project is being implemented under the visionary guidance of Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar.
Speaking on the occasion Health Minister Shri Rane said Government is fully committed for to all round development of Goa. He said, out out of 110 MLD raw water 3 MLD will be supplied to Usgao Village for farming purpose. He said, this is the project which is a combination of 107 Mtr barrage of 7 Mtr height across Mhadai river with 110 MLD raw water pumping station to supply water to khandepar river which is also consist of mechanically operated gates with inspection bridge. He further said that Government has sanctioned project worth Rs.100 crores, for up gradation of raw water pumping station, Rs. 35 crores beatification of Usgao and other village projects in Valpoi and surrounding areas. He also said that efforts are being made to create employment opportunities for the youth.
Earlier, Chief Engineer, Shri Nadkarni welcomed the gathering, Deputy Sarpanch, Shri Ramnath Dangui proposed a vote of thanks.