The Mineral Foundation of Goa and Sesa Goa Limited, in association with the Kirlapal Dabal Panchayat inaugurated the drinking water scheme project at Kirlapal-Dabal.
Addressing the gathering PWD Minister Churchill Alemao said: “I am happy that government and private companies are able to meet people’s demands and we always look to companies like Sesa Goa as an example to follow, we have many projects in mind and are looking for people’s support.”
Sesa Goa Managing Director P K Mukherjee said, “I congratulate the people of Kirlapal Dabal for winning the best Panchayat award and we all are proud of you. I personally thank the people of Kirlapal Dabal village for allowing Sesa Goa Ltd. and MFG to participate in the development of your village”.
The Gram Nirman Programme launched in 2008 in the village panchayats of Kirlapal-Dabal and Mayem-Vaiguinim was aimed at holistic socio – economic development of the village. With this goal in mind the MFG launched the ambitious programme which facilitated partnerships between the communities, government and the industry for sustainable development. To aid the process, ward-level and village-level committees were constituted to prepare ward and village level plans, respectively. The partner mining companies other than their contribution to the foundation also contributed 50 per cent of the fund requirement towards this important programme. The programme which was implemented in 2 phases saw implementation of 65 projects pertaining to educational and public infrastructure and irrigation and agriculture development. A total of 8 Aanganwadi’s have been created in the Panchayat and 7 Bandharas on various waterways provide irrigation to the agricultural fields. Around 4 Crores have been invested in Village Panchayat Kirlapal-Dabal alone.
Of the various projects, the most ambitious was the creation of a centralized independent drinking water scheme for the people of Kirlapal-Dabal. This is first of its kind project wherein a private entity has created such a facility. The scheme which can cater to 6000 population has a capacity of 1MLD (Million litre per day) and has been designed keeping in mind the further growth in population and a demand of the next 30 yrs. The entire scheme consists of a jackwell to draw raw water from the river, a filtration assembly to treat the water, an overhead reservoir, distribution pipeline and was implemented at a cost of around 2 crores. The villages of Kirlapal, Pissona, Vagon, Talap and Kalsai have been connected to the scheme.