FC Goa make light work of Sesa FA

NT NETWORK Nagoa Second half strikers by Rayan Menezes and Bryson Pereira enabled FC Goa register a well deserved 2-0 win against Sesa Football Academy (SFA) in the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Junior League played at Panchayat ground, Nagoa in Verna on Tuesday. FC Goa’s Rayan found the mark in the 71st minute of …

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Second half strikers by Rayan Menezes and Bryson Pereira enabled FC Goa register a well deserved 2-0 win against Sesa Football Academy (SFA) in the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Junior League played at Panchayat ground, Nagoa in Verna on Tuesday.

FC Goa’s Rayan found the mark in the 71st minute of play while Bryson scored in the 75th minute to give FC Goa a comfortable
victory.

FC Goa, controlled both the sessions of play and had numerous chances in both the halves but, they fumbled as they came close to scoring as their strikers displayed goal shyness.

FC Goa had eight shots at the rival goal in the first half through Climax Fernandes, who had three clear chances – all of which could not be converted into goals as his half hearted attempts  were easily collected by SFA keeper
Mansur Manki.

These chances fell to Climax in the first fifteen minutes of play followed by some misses by Bryson and Rayan, as the match progressed.

Sesa FA could not stitch a single decent move and were appeared to be content by defending and keeping the ball in
the midfield.

Though Sesa’s defence appeared to be doing a fairly good job, their midfield looked non functional, as a result of which there were hardly any threatening attempts.

FC Goa, on the other hand, was always on the go and had the ball with them for long spells. However, they could not find the mark as often as they should have. As such, the moment of glory for the team dawned in the 71st and 75th minute as through Rayan and Bryson respectively.

FC Goa went into the lead following a flag kick which Mervin Fernandes curled towards Rayan who leaped high to head the ball to the far corner of the nets with an angular header.

Goaded by the success, FC Goa buttressed their lead through Bryson Fernandes after the last named connected a good cross from Mervin Fernandes to send the ball into the nets with a
good header.

Sesa Foootball Academy made some attempts, once in the first half through Sahil Mohammed and then twice in the second session through Ashish Chari.

FC Goa keeper Micky Dias looked confident under the bar on both occasions and almost had a holiday under
the bar.

Derrick set to add style to FC Goa substance

NT NETWORK Benaulim FC Goa Technical Director Derrick Pereira has placed his steps in areas few professional with his qualification would and by doing so, is proving again that football grows best when love is left to follow its own path. This appears to be the strategy of Derrick as he prepares the FC Goa …

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FC Goa Technical Director Derrick Pereira has placed his steps in areas few professional with his qualification would and by doing so, is proving again that football grows best when love is left to follow its own path. This appears to be the strategy of Derrick as he prepares the FC Goa reserve team face FC Bengaluru United in the first match of Group C of the 2nd Division I-League in Goa today.

Derrick Pereira started his stint with FC Goa as assistant coach to Sergio Lobera and has since then been ingraining in the development players and coaches the need to enjoy football before being able to caress the ball.

Unlike Sergio, Derrick has already won the National football title once – with Mahindra United — and taken the team to the quarterfinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League once. He finished as runners up of the national league with Pune City FC and again qualified for the AFC slot and is now ready to give the FC Goa colts the best feel of professional football before they jump to the biggest stage -the Indian Super league (ISL).

“For most of our coaches, the focus is on results. This is the problem all teams are facing and this is a problem – if not tackled- will lead to the drying up of talent. The emphasis has always to be on letting the boys enjoy themselves. Once a player starts enjoying, the game unfolds with little coaching. Enjoyment is the primary aspect of coaching, strategies follows” Derrick was once quoted as saying and it is the axis around which he unfolds his teams style of play.

Derrick, as coach, has always pushed for a particular style of play– the team attacks together and defends together– and has always laid emphasis on discipline with his players on and off the field. Derrick has always tried to get his wards to create opportunities and be able to convert the same into goals.

The FC Goa reserves team is not new to the 2nd division I League. Like all other ISL teams, promotion is not an option. But, getting a feel of football at a level below the ISL is and that is what Derrick is yearning to get his boys to enjoy. The 2nd division of the I-league – as far as ISL clubs are concerned- is fields for boys playing in different AIFF age group tournaments get a shot of playing more good football.

The FC Goa reserves team consists of the same players who represent FC Goa in the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League. The team did not have the best of starts but is one of the teams in sight of the 2019-20 title.

The Team:

Goalkeepers: Shubham Dhas, Dylan Da Silva, Guidle Syiemlieh.

Defenders: Leander D’Cunha, Sarineo Fernandes, Malsawmtluanga Ralte, Lalhmangaih Sanga, Gaston D’Silva, Brian Faria.

Midfielders: Lalremruata HP, Princeton Rebello, Lalnuntluanga Bawitlung, Nestor Dias, Kapil Hoble, Christy Davis, Kingslee Fernandes, Sezwin Fernandes, Sweden Fernandes, Vincy Barretto, Ivon Costa.

Forwards: Lalawmpuia Ralte, Aaren D’Silva, Lalnunzama, Francis Colaco, Flan Gomes.

Goa close in on huge win

NT NETWORK Porvorim Hosts Goa have taken a complete control over the Ranji Trophy Plate Group tie against Arunachal Pradesh as they need another seven wickets to register a bonus-point win against the hapless opponents. The second day at GCA Academy ground in Porvorim saw Goa batsmen extend their domination against the toothless bowling attack …

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Hosts Goa have taken a complete control over the Ranji Trophy Plate Group tie against Arunachal Pradesh as they need another seven wickets to register a bonus-point win against the hapless opponents.

The second day at GCA Academy ground in Porvorim saw Goa batsmen extend their domination against the toothless bowling attack of the visitors and declare their first innings at 589/2. Hosts’ experienced bowlers then strangulated the inexperienced Arunachal Pradesh batsmen for a meagre 83 in just 43.5 overs.

Asked to follow on, the visitors, in their second innings, once again failed to put up a fight and are precariously placed at 19 for 3. They still trail by 487 runs with 7 wickets remaining.

The day cleared belonged to Goa skipper Amit Verma who shone with both bat and ball as his all-round performance has brought the hosts on the brink of
a massive win.

Amit Verma along with his overnight not out partner Smit Patel toyed with visitors’ pedestrian bowling attack and notched up well-deserved centuries. The duo clobbered the rival bowlers to all parts of the ground and stitched an unbroken 237-run partnership in almost 40 overs, maintaining a healthy run-rate of close to 6 runs.

While Amit Verma scored a strokeful unbeaten 122 off 118 balls that included 4 fours and 4 sixes, Smit Patel hit an equally impressive knock of unbeaten 137 off 148 balls, which had 10 fours
and 3 sixes.

The young Arunachal Pradesh side never looked like going to overhaul the huge total, but what came as a huge surprise was their meek surrender. None of their batsmen showed any application as a result of which their first innings ended at a meagre score of 83. Except K Yangfo who top-scored with 22 and few others who got into double digits, none of their top order showed any fight. Darshan Misal was the wrecker-in-chief as he claimed 4 for 24 to be the best among the Goa bowlers. Skipper Amit Verma, after his brilliant performance with the bat, shone with the ball as well as he took 3 for just 2 runs. Amulya Pandrekar contributed with two wickets while VM Prabhudesai chipped in with a wicket, as Arunachal Pradesh’s first innings folded in just 43.5 overs.

With 506-run lead, Goa asked the visitors to follow on and the story of visitors’ poor batting continued. At the end of second day’s play they have lost first three wickets for just 19 runs on the board. Amit Verma once again came his own taking all the three wickets.

With the visitors still trailing by 487 runs with 7 wickets remaining, Goa bowlers especially the spinners, who have taken almost all the wickets that fell so far, will look to wind up visitors innings as early as possible and complete a bonus-point win.

Fear grips Bicholim villagers as leopard kills 10 bovines

NT NETWORK Sankhali Villagers from Sonarbhat-Ladfe and Latambarcem in Bicholim taluka have been gripped by fear as a leopard has killed 10 bovines some days ago.    A complaint in this regard has been lodged with the forest department by cattle owner Babu Nana Varak of Sonarbhat Ladfe and others.  Babu Varak in the complaint claimed …

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Villagers from Sonarbhat-Ladfe and Latambarcem in Bicholim taluka have been gripped by fear as a leopard has killed 10 bovines some days ago.   

A complaint in this regard has been lodged with the forest department by cattle owner Babu Nana Varak of Sonarbhat Ladfe and others. 

Babu Varak in the complaint claimed that the leopard has killed his 10 bovines – eight cows and two calves – causing a loss of Rs 80,000.

The cattle owner said that he witnessed the leopard mauling the bovines to death a few days ago, expressing fear that the wildcat could also attack human beings as the cattle

were killed in human settlements, where the villagers have now laid a safety net around their huts with logs, branches and twigs of trees.

He maintained that the state government should not hold him responsible in case any harm is caused to the wildcat, as the villagers are living under the fear of the leopard.

The complainants, including Vasu Varak, Santosh Shinde and Sandeep Shinde, urged the forest department to undertake preventive measures and to compensate Babu Varak for the loss of the bovines. 

Renting out house could be a hassle

NT NETWORK Panaji Non-compliance of tenant verification by house owners could become a cognisable offence, enabling police to register an FIR and even arrest the house owner. The Goa police department has submitted to the government a draft tenant verification bill for approval containing the abovementioned clause. A senior police officer said that if the …

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Non-compliance of tenant verification by house owners could become a cognisable offence, enabling police to register an FIR and even arrest the house owner.

The Goa police department has submitted to the government a draft tenant verification bill for approval containing the abovementioned clause.

A senior police officer said that if the bill is approved by the government then it will help streamline the tenant verification process and give powers to the police to register a case without the directions from district administration.

There will be increase in compliance level, the officer reckoned.  Police said that in terms of security

aspect it is mandatory for the house owners to get tenant verification done while renting out houses or flats.

Police said that tenant verification is very important as it helps keep a track on strangers coming to Goa, and their antecedents are verified from their native states.

Currently as per the order of the district collector issued under Section 144 CrPC, it is compulsory to get tenant verification done, failing which the house owner is subjected to legal action.

If any such violations are found, police send a report to the district administration.

Subsequently based on the complaint by the district administration police register an FIR against the house owner for failing to comply with tenant verification process under IPC Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant).

However, police claimed that many a times even after submitting reports to district administration, no complaints were filed.  

Tourist quarantined at GMC over coronavirus

NT NETWORK Panaji A patient suspected of fatal coronavirus has been kept in a quarantine ward at the Goa Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday, and his samples have been sent to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology. The patient and his wife had recently travelled to a place, which is 750 km from the …

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A patient suspected of fatal coronavirus has been kept in a quarantine ward at the Goa Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday, and his samples have been sent to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology.

The patient and his wife had recently travelled to a place, which is 750 km from the Chinese city of Kunshan, which is suspected to be the outbreak spot of the coronavirus-related epidemic.

Identified as a tourist, he had travelled from China to Delhi a week ago, and subsequently arrived in Goa.

Secretary for health Sanjay Kumar, in the presence of the GMC dean S M Bandekar and director of health services Jose D’Sa, told media persons that the patient had developed influenza-like symptom, with sore throat.

“We have set up a more than 30-bedded quarantined ward at the hospital, with a two-bed intensive care unit for very serious patients,” he added, pointing out that the people arriving at the Dabolim airport and suspected of the contraction would be initially quarantined at the sub-district hospital at Chicalim.

Earlier, a meeting of the state taskforce constituted by the government to tackle novel Coronavirus (nCoV) was chaired by the health secretary.

It discussed prevention and control of Coronavirus in the state.

Maintaining that the situation in Goa is totally under control and no panic needs to be created on this issue, the secretary for health stated that the central government has provided thermal scanners to tier-I airports, which receive direct flights from China, and tier-II airports, which have connecting flights from that country.

“However, the Dabolim airport does not come under such categories,” he observed, informing that however, the Union ministry of civil aviation has been requested to provide a thermal scanner to the Dabolim airport since Goa is a tourist destination.

Kumar said the government is all set to issue advertisements related to the coronavirus for spreading awareness.

“We have also directed the hotels as well as casinos to inform the directorate of health services, if they observe any visitor to them with symptoms of the contraction,” he added.

The GMC dean said the persons contracting the particular virus display symptoms similar to influenza, followed by breathlessness and then speedily suffer from pneumonia.

“Subsequently their kidneys get affected, followed by multi-organ failure,” he added, stating that since no treatment is available for the coronavirus infection, the patients can be treated on symptomatic basis.

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has tweeted, “We have come across a suspected case of #coronavirus, who is a foreigner travelling from China. The patient has been shifted to the isolation ward at the GMC.

The medical sample of the patient has been sent for further investigation to Pune, confirmation reports are awaited.

I would like to assure our citizens that the taskforce is reviewing the preparedness of the situation and are on vigil to tackle the virus.”

It was also informed that no paediatric cases of the coronavirus infection have been found, while low immunity adults including those having diabetes are found to be affected by the particular virus at a great speed.

The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that causes illness ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes. The coronavirus observed in China, however, is a novel strain, and not identified before. It has claimed more than 100 lives so far.

The virus is said to be transmitted from animals to humans.  

Move to shift Dhangars makes headway

NT NETWORK Panaji The forest department has started the spadework to identify families living in the dense forests of the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary so as to rehabilitate them to some other places. The move comes in the heels of the sensational killings of four tigers in the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary near Golavali village of Sattari …

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The forest department has started the spadework to identify families living in the dense forests of the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary so as to rehabilitate them to some other places.

The move comes in the heels of the sensational killings of four tigers in the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary near Golavali village of Sattari taluka. Flabbergasted by the tiger killings, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had announced that the government would explore possibilities of relocating the families, including Dhangar community members, living in the forest areas with their livestock.

A senior forest official told ‘The Navhind Times’ on Tuesday that the deputy conservator of forest has been asked to begin identifying the families living within the wildlife sanctuary.

“As part of rehabilitation policy, the department has designated the deputy conservator of forest for identifying the villages and the families living in the forest areas…,” he added.

The official said that a team led by the DCF will indentify the families and collect their details on

occupation, livestock and land ownership.

“Once such families are identified and data is collected then the government will identify the land for their rehabilitation,” he explained.

A rough estimate of the forest department says that some 14 families, mostly Dhangars, live in the wildlife sanctuary.

The Dhangars are totally dependent on dairy farming, which has been their traditional occupation for generations. They have cattle including cows and water buffaloes, and they herd them to the forests for grazing.

While rehabilitating the families, the government will have to ensure that besides providing housing and other facilities the provision of grazing land for the cattle will have to be made.

Fashion Forward in Goa

She’s carved her own niche with her brand ‘Leanne Alphonso Couture’ in Nuvem after moving to Goa, from the city of dreams that others love heading to. She’s brought along to the state professionalism and high fashion, sans compromising on quality. NT BUZZ gets talking with this fashion creator Leanne Alphonso Danuska Da Gama | …

She’s carved her own niche with her brand ‘Leanne Alphonso Couture’ in Nuvem after moving to Goa, from the city of dreams that others love heading to. She’s brought along to the state professionalism and high fashion, sans compromising on quality. NT BUZZ gets talking with this fashion creator Leanne Alphonso
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While Leanne Alphonso was exposed to the intricate details of fashion at a very young age, the graduate in Economics from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, found herself excelling in fashion during her three-year diploma course and continues doing what she loves best.
The keen fashion enthusiast
“My mum used to do wedding gowns in Bombay and was trained under a seamstress who had done her designing in Paris, and that’s where I learned the finer aspects of design. But I never wanted to get into fashion as I wanted to explore the world. I was captivated by the world of fashion, but more so tutored in the detail of construction and fit,” Alphonso mentions as she adds that she also did three levels in French at Alliance Française and programming in computers as she never believed in being idle.
With nothing to lose, she applied for a three-year Diploma in Fashion from PV Polytechnic, Juhu. “Within hours I realised I had to answer a test, and with three colour pencils, out of 2000 students I managed to get through as there were just 35 seats,” recalls Alphonso.
Under the tutelage of fashion industry stalwarts like Hemant Trivedi, Wendell Rodricks and Neeta Lulla, Alphonso was able to hone her skills and realise her innate passion for fashion design. “I thought if I don’t get a job after completion of the course I would do an MBA in Finance as the family was in the banking sector,” she says.
Entering the fashion world
It was at the graduation show of the fashion school that Alphonso won three awards among several other achievements that she has been presented during her three-year training. “I was offered a position at the fashion house, Melange. This south Bombay fashion destination, pioneered by Sangeeta Kathiwada, was where I plunged into the high fashion world, dressing the discerning fashion elite ladies of the country,” says Alphonso.
From being nervous in 1998, to being guided and not being made to feel raw and new, and literally hitting the ground running, the hands-on experience led to a 12-year career at Melange. “It was here that I was able to weave my way through an extensive repertoire of fashion from Prêt-à-porter to Couture.” From three tailors who would do alterations, to having 13 sewing machines and outsourcing, she led the way to creating fabulous in-house collections and other collections that were taken offshore.
Exposure to the wedding fashion industry was an added feature of this decade-long journey, where she built her skills by covering all aspects of Indian and Western cultural influences. “I was able to understand the intricate nuances of Indian tradition in wedding fashion, be it North Indian or South Indian and everything in-between!” she says.
Bombay to Goa
Meeting her husband Bruce got her to move to Goa, though she always thought that her commuting meant settling in a city or somewhere outside India. So in 2008 she moved to Goa and was lucky to continue working with the very brand she started her fashion career with, shuttling between Mumbai and Goa. “I would spend 10 days at the unit in Mumbai and 20 day in Goa, and it was a nice transition for me and wasn’t a major cultural shock,” she says adding that it was her husband who told her that she could continue her passion and dress up the people of Goa.
Alphonso’s innate abilities, through rough and tumble of Mumbai’s fashion industry, in production and design has been the core to this growth. Being in Goa hasn’t held her back from connecting with her vast supplier and vendor networks from across the country as she is ably supported by her in-house production workshop and talent, both local and from across India,.
“People in Goa are in tune with fashion and I try to give them what they want from the West and what they are aware. Also, it is here that I moved to using fabrics other than eco-friendly ones, due to the weather as well as the dry cleaning facilities,” she says.
Earlier girls knew sewing as a trait that was necessary to get married. For weddings a local tailor was brought home and tailored the wedding garments at the home. “Now with new careers, travel and social media, the younger generation is more aware and well-versed with trends and styles. Goans are creative and very hardworking. They know colours well,” Alphonso says.
While girls initially wanted high fashion with whatever fabrics and budgets they could manage, they’ve grown into ladies with disposable incomes who now have a penchant for finer fabrics, besides having the discernment to choose and decide well,”
she says.
Creating fashion far and beyond
“Someone who attended my wedding came up to me and loved the gown I had designed for myself. She asked me to design her gown the following year, my first order, thus I established my label Leanne Alphonso Couture over the last 11 years,” Alphonso says.
And since then, tucked into a cosy store within the courtyard of her home it has been a steady challenge to carve out a niche market. “From beginning work in the garage with one tailor and one worker, I was designing for a lot of Goans through word of mouth,” she says before adding that she is a hands-on mom of two children.
“It’s easy to connect with people across the world and we make garments with measurements sent via email,” Alphonso says talking about how she services overseas clientele and how her unit in Mumbai for dying and embroidery works while she coordinates from Goa. She loves sourcing textiles from the local market and has a crazy obsession for Indian textiles.
Love for desi textiles
During her course in Bombay, Alphonso’s first breakthrough with Indian fashion was when she learned about Indian textiles from across states. “As and when I started travelling, I worked with local craftsmen in Chanderi, woven fabrics, worked with kaarigars and have designed sarees too,” she says. Working with weavers led Alphonso to utilise every bit of the precious fabric to make something that can be worn or used as accessories like buttons or trimmings.
Fashion and trends continue
While Alphonso believes that the online market has impacted shopping trends, it is for special occasions and weddings that people do look at customising and styling with a designer. “At the end of the day, there is nothing like a fit and form to suit an individual body type. Couture and bespoke creations will always be cause for the twinkle in a fashion conscious woman’s eye,” she says.
While she can be seen being a strict yet caring mom, she says she would love to spend more time with her children Caleb and Annika. Emphasisng the importance of team work she says: “Thanks to a supporting husband and family, my team of creators in the studio who have stood by me through all situations.”

Ex-Merces sarpanch dies of gunshots at home

NT NETWORK Panaji Former sarpanch and incumbent panch member of the village panchayat of Merces Prakash Naik (46) died reportedly due to bullet injuries at his residence at Voilem Bhat in Merces on Friday. According to police, it appears to be a case of suicide, and prima facie they have ruled out any foul play …

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Former sarpanch and incumbent panch member of the village panchayat of Merces Prakash Naik (46) died reportedly due to bullet injuries at his residence at Voilem Bhat in Merces on Friday.
According to police, it appears to be a case of suicide, and prima facie they have ruled out any foul play in the death.
However, his family, friends and supporters were of the firm opinion that Naik could not commit suicide, suspecting the death to be a case of murder.
His family members said that they will not accept the body unless those responsible for the death are arrested.
Police said that all angles are being probed and that they will question the two persons named by Naik in a post on a WhatsApp group for allegedly harassing him and held them responsible for his death.
Old Goa police have registered as unnatural death case and the investigation is on.
Naik had contested the assembly elections from the St Cruz constituency on the MGP ticket. He had later resigned from the party.
The incident occurred at around 10.45 am on Friday, police said, adding that at that time his family members were at a temple, and their maid, a driver and a gardener were at the house.
Naik was on the first floor and reportedly shot himself in the head using his Indian made .32 caliber revolver. Naik had obtained the revolver licence in 2018.
However, police said the exact reason of the death is yet to be ascertained.
Before he was found dead, Naik had posted a message on the WhatsApp group.
In the message, Naik says that he is tired of everything, alleging that two persons – Wilson Gudino and Tahir – started harassing him.
Naik further says in the message that he has no option other than committing suicide. He mentions about a ‘property issue’, alleging that both the persons cheated him, and that he can’t handle pressure.
Naik says that these two persons should be held responsible for his death, further saying that they should compensate his family with Rs 2 crore.
Naik expresses his gratefulness to two friends – Rahul and Edward – who helped him when he was in need, and requested them to help his family in bad times.
The maid, who was working on the ground floor, had heard a sound (which was later found to be of the gunshots) and came out of the house to see what had happened. When she did not find anything amiss, she went back to the house and continued with her housework.
Police said the maid told them that she did not go to the first floor to check as her work was limited only to the ground floor.
Soon after Naik’s sister and her daughter came running into the house looking for him.
Police are of the opinion that his sister must have received the post that Naik had sent on the WhatsApps group. The sister found Naik lying motionless on the bed on the first floor.
The revolver was on his body and there was blood on the bed. The family members rushed him to the GMC in a car.
However, he was declared brought dead, police said.
Postmortem will be conducted on the body on Saturday at the GMC.
Meanwhile, the Goa Forward Party on Friday demanded a free and fair investigation into the death of Naik.
“This suicide is indicative of the treatment that elected representatives and the general public experience which the state has failed to protect them. It’s a complete breakdown of law and has brought national shame to the state,” Durgadas Kamat said.

South Goa could face water scarcity

NT NETWORK Panaji South Goa district could face water scarcity if two severely damaged clariflocculator tanks at the Xelpem water treatment plant in Saguem taluka are not reconstructed immediately. The public works department has expressed its inability to reconstruct the two damaged clariflocculator tanks at the Xelpem plant, as there has been no fund with …

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South Goa district could face water scarcity if two severely damaged clariflocculator tanks at the Xelpem water treatment plant in Saguem taluka are not reconstructed immediately.
The public works department has expressed its inability to reconstruct the two damaged clariflocculator tanks at the Xelpem plant, as there has been no fund with the department.
The plant located near the Selaulim dam has 160-MLD water storage capacity and supplies drinking water to South Goa district.
The plant has four clariflocculator tanks, with capacity of 40 MLD each. The tanks treat raw water. One of the tanks has been shut after it was damaged by a landslide induced by the downpour in September 2019. Yet another clariflocculator tank also sustained widespread damage.
Last September, the mud around the water facility washed away due to the leakage in the tanks, which were constructed some 35 years ago.
Sanguem villagers feared that there could be disruption in water supply if new tanks are not constructed immediately by the PWD.
It is pertinent to note here that Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar had visited the plant along with PWD officials after the tanks suffered damages last September. He had directed the officials to reconstruct the tanks so that there would not be disruption in water supply.
However, till date no serious attempt has been made to rebuild the tanks.
Sources told this daily that several meetings have been held in the PWD headquarters in the last few months so as to push for reconstruction of the tanks.
The sources maintained that PWD’s principal chief engineer said at the meetings that the department has been unable to take up the work due to the fund crunch.
The sources also said the department is still ascertaining the extent of damages to the plant.
Even after the lapse of four months neither the damaged tank has been cleared nor the work for constructing a wall around the plant has begun.
A senior PWD officer admitted that there is no option other than constructing two new tanks at the plant, observing that the government must prioritise the work to avoid water scarcity in South Goa in the summer.