Tillari Canal develops crack, Goa’s water supply is cut off | Goa News

Bicholim: The left bank of the main channel of the Tillari Dam has again developed a huge crack. The breach occurred in Maneri, Dhangarwadi in the Dodamarg taluka of Maharashtra around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. This caused water to leak into nearby fields and plantations, prompting authorities to cut off supplies to Goa.
The Tillari dam supplies raw water to the Assonora sewage treatment plant which then supplies it to Bardez taluka and parts of Bicholim.
Last year the canal broke at Sateli-Bhedshi Khanyale, a few kilometers away. A few months ago, the main left channel of the Tillari, which crosses Maneri, Dodamarg, Kelichetemb and Ambeli, collapsed at Mhavlankarwadi, which adjoins the current breach zone. The farmers, who have pineapple plantations, had reported this to the engineer concerned.
Over the past 30 years millions of rupees have been spent on repairs, but such incidents of violation continue on the Maharashtra side. CM Pramod Sawant has already approved a project to lay a pipeline to transport water from Tillari to the Goa border in order to avoid such incidents.
Recall that the water supply to Goa was cut off a few months ago during the monsoon due to landslides in several places on the left and right channels of the Tillari dam.
Following the development of a crack in the canal, the pressure of the water began to cause the ground infill to collapse, forcing the authorities to immediately stop the supply. Even after that, the water continued to flow from the canal until 10 a.m. and did not stop until 11 a.m.

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