The Public Works Department (PWD), Goa, is considering commissioning the Opa water treatment plant by 15 January 2020. The plant has a capacity of 27 MLD. The PWD water division will carry out procedures to disinfect the entire system, including the master balance reservoir and pipeline network.
The disinfecting process will start from 26 December 2019 and take four days. So the plant can be commissioned any time after 30 December 2019. The civil and electrification work of the pumping station was completed long ago, but construction of approach roads and landscaping was delayed due to prolonged monsoon showers.
Once the plant is commissioned, the Kadamba Plateau in Bainguinim-Old Goa will breathe a sigh of relief. The plant in Khandepar, Ponda, has been proposed to provide potable water exclusively to Panaji and the Kadamba Plateau, which presently depends on tanker water.
The pipelines have already been laid from Opa to Panaji and a 5,000 cu mtr master balancing reservoir (MBR) has already been constructed on a hillock at Curti where the treatment will take place. The water from the MBR will be released through gravity.