Goa, Porvorim to have its own sewerage system

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The project’s cost is estimated at Rs 283 crore; NABARD has already released the first instalment of Rs 93 crore

Porvorim has developed at a fast pace in recent years. It now houses many residential and commercial complexes, hospitals, hotels, automobile showrooms, banks, government departments, and the Assembly complex. A High Court is also expected to come up there. In fact, Porvorim may well be the defacto capital of Goa.
Now, the town will even have its own sewerage system. The government has sanctioned a sewerage project for Porvorim thanks to the efforts of local MLA Rohan Khaunte.
The Sewerage and Infrastructure Development Corporation of Goa (SIDC) had prepared the project report two years ago, but the government could not give it a green light due to a financial crunch. Now, that the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has released the funds, the SIDC is all set to implement the project this month.
Khaunte stated that the project was of utmost importance as Porvorim was growing at a rapid pace. The project’s cost is estimated at Rs 283 crore; NABARD has already released the first instalment of Rs 93 crore.
At present, Porvorim does not have any wastewater collection, conveyance or treatment facility. Waste is disposed into soak pits, which results in contamination of the ground water as the water table is high. Moreover, the terrain naturally slopes towards the riverside, contributing to the contamination of the River Mandovi.
Kaunte pointed out that even the laterite soil prevalent there did not permit percolation of wastewater. The sewerage project would protect Porvorim’s residents from health hazards and prevent contamination of ground and other water bodies.
Managing Director of SIDC Arvind Patil stated that the project is for a population of 1.6 lakh people in seven panchayats: Pillerne, Reis Magos, Socorro, Pomburpa, Penha de Franca, Nerul and Salvador do Mundo, which will be implemented in three phases.
In the first phase, work at Porvorim plateau will be taken up and trenchless technology will be used for laying sewerage pipelines of 200 mm to 800 diameters. Each house and building will be connected to the sewerage system.
Kadamba Transport Corporation Depot, Ecoxim and Nerul will each get a sewerage treatment plant. KTC uses around three MLD of potable water each day for washing its buses. This water will be saved once its gets filtered water from the new treatment plant.
The project was tendered and the contract has been awarded to three companies: Creative Infrastructure Development from New Delhi, Rock Deal from Jaipur, and Krita from Bangalore. If NABARD releases more funds, the second and third phase can be started simultaneously. According to Patil, the project will be completed within two years.