Mahila residents of Bethoda Panchayat and led by NGO Nari Adhikar Founder-President Adv Diya Shetkar today gheroed the Assistant Engineer SD IV, III, (PHE) of the Public Works Department (PWD) at Ponda for over 30 minutes over the failure of the PWD department to supply adequate and regular drinking water to the people of Bondbag in the Bethoda Panchayat in Shiroda constituency.
Adv Diya Shetkar submitted a written complaint to the AE Mrs Rashmi and copies of the same complaint were submitted to the PWD Minister Sudin Dhavilkar as well as the Chief Minsiter’s office. Speaking to media persons after meeting with the AE, Adv Diya Shetkar said the residents of Bethoda have been suffering for the last 4-5 years.
“We held a candle light vigil last month on the 25th of November (Read Here) which was attended by over 120 residents, including the women from Bethoda. The Sarpanch who is aware of this problem is not doing anything to solve it. The people have approached the Sarpanch of Bethoda Panchayat as well as the local panch of the area, on various occasions with their water woes, but the sarpanch and the panch member expressed their helplessness over the matter. All their pleas have been in vain for the last 4-5 years. The people are deprived of adequate drinking water for the last several years, which is a grave human rights violation. The PWD department send them huge bills as well as rentals for water meters but the citizens do not get enough water for drinking,” Shetkar explained.
According to Adv Diya Shetkar, the Government of Goa is not interested in helping the citizens of Bethoda. If this problem is not solved within two weeks, we will take to the streets. We will stop the movement of traffic on the Bethoda by-pass road and will not allow a single vehicle to ply on the Bethoda-Belgaum by-pass road, if the government does not solve the water problem. We had warned the government on 25th November when we held the candle light vigil, but no action was taken at all. This is our final reminder to the government, Shetkar said adding:
“The residents had personally met the former CM Laxmikant Parsekar who had promised to look into their problems. However, in spite of several written complaints, to both Parsekar and Parrikar, no action was taken and the residents continue to suffer. Both Parsekar and Parrikar promised to help the residents of Bethoda on several occasions, but have failed miserably and done nothing to solve the problems of the people,” Adv Diya Shetkar complained.