Panaji, Mar 7 (GCCurrentAffairs) Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network (GOACAN) has written to the South Goa Collector expressing concern about the fear and anxiety in the minds of Public Works Department (PWD) Water Supply consumers of South Goa after the state of the underground PWD water pipelines being old and corroded with rust in the Pajifond area of Margao was highlighted in the media.
In a letter, GOACAN has pointed out that the matter of the old and corroded with rust pipes came to light only when the plumbers dug up an underground water line.
”Consumer are now asking questions if the drinking water supplied via the aging water distribution lines is safe and fit for human consumption ? Do the decades old water distribution lines conform to safety norms to ensure the health of the consumers ? What then is the state of the underground water pipelines in other parts of Margao and Salcete Taluka ? What is the state of the underground water pipelines in other Talukas of South Goa District ?,” GOACAN Co-ordinator Ronald Martins said.
GOACAN has requested the Collector in his capacity as Chairman of the South Goa District Consumer Protection Council to convene an urgent meeting of the concerned Government Departments such as PWD, Health Services, Food and Drug Administration and Consumer Affairs to review the situation and record the standards required to be followed for the delivery of safe drinking water.
GOACAN has pointed out that the intervention by the District Collector would go a long way in creating confidence in the minds of the consumers in South Goa District in view of the observation of World Consumer Rights Day on March 15 and World Water Day on March 22.
Copies of the letter have been sent to Uttam P Parsekar, PWD Principal Chief Engineer, Jyoti J Sardesai Director, Directorate of Food and Drug Administration, Dr Jose D’Sa, Deputy Director Public Health, Directorate of Health Services, and Sandhya S Kamat, Director, Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs.