Panaji: Goa is currently facing shortage of 76 MLD of drinking water due to which there is scarcity reported from certain parts of the State, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Tuesday.
Goa government swung into action after several areas in the state witnessed acute water shortage during the ongoing month.
Sawant along with State Port Minister Michael Lobo on Tuesday held meeting of senior officers from Public Works Department to take stock of the situation.
The Chief Minister said that total water requirement of the state for drinking purpose of 589 MLD of which we are supplying 513 MLD leaving a shortage of 76.37 MLD water.
He said that the state government is aware about the water shortage in some parts of the state specially in Bardez taluka (which comprises of North Goa tourism belt).
Sawant said that the PWD Engineers have been asked to prepare micro-plan to cater to this shortage. He said that additional 10 MLD of water would be treated and provided to the residents by March 31, which includes partial commissioning of water treatment plant at Porvorim (near Panaji).
The chief minister said that the plan is also afoot to pump out water from abandoned pits, which were earlier used to mine Iron Ore.
The mining industry in the state has stopped since last three years
Lobo said that the tourism belt is facing acute shortage of water as there are number of new commercial establishments that have come up. He said that CM along with PWD officials will meet again after eight days to take stock of the situation.