Posted April 11, 2020
Mapusa municipal council (MMC) has approached North Goa collector requesting to issue direction under Section 33 of National Disaster Management act 2005 for dredging of Mapusa Tar River and also for clearing off debris dumped at Gaunswaddo along the river bank before the onset of monsoon.
The chief officer of MMC Clen Madeira has written a letter to North Goa collector requesting to issue direction for undertaking dredging of Tar River bed immediately to avoid flooding in the Mapusa.
Madeira in his letter to collector has stated that in March 2016 and then in April 2017 council had approached Captain of Port to undertake dredging of river bed of River Tar and in response COP in May 2017 had conveyed a joint inspection following which council was informed that COP was not in position to undertake dredging of river Tar due to inaccessibility of the dredging machinery.
He further stated that similar request was also made to water resources department which expressed inability to undertake work as it does not come under their purview however after repeated requests last year partial desilting was done.
Madeira in letter further stated that “full stretch of Mapusa Tar River has to be desilted in order to increase the catchment area of river, and for smooth discharge of rain water, since the major nallahs originating from Khorlim, Dattawadi, and Ansabhat etc flow via Morod into Tar River, the main source for discharge of rain water.
He also brought to the notice of collector about the illegal land filling carried out at various places along National Highway 66 near Hotel Priti International at Gaunsawaddo, Mapusa which has blocked nullahs connecting Mapusa Tar River, which could increase possibility of flooding during monsoon.