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Goa, Portugal sign MoU on Water Management

Panjim, Sept 29 (IENews) The government of Goa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Environment for the Portuguese Republic for Water Supply and Water Management in Goa.

The MoU was signed by Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment, Portugal, and Ramkrishna Dhavalikar, Minister for Public Works, Transport, River Navigation and Museum, Government of Goa, in presence of Uttam Parsekar, Principal Chief Engineer, PWD, Sheo Pratap Singh, Secretary, PWD, and Dharmendra Sharma, Chief Secretary, Government of Goa, at a hotel in the city.

Speaking on the signing of the MoU, Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment, Portugal, said,”We have nothing to teach you, we only have things to share with you. About 20 years ago Portugal had exactly the same problem which Goa is facing today. During these 20 years Portugal is very proud of what we have today. We invested about ten million Euros during 20-25 years but we see result of the investment and not just this investment but also management we can put on top of the investment.

”Twenty years ago only 50 per cent of the water was safe and now its almost 99 per cent. Ninety six per cent people in Portugal have water supply and its very very obvious what we have done in the treatment of water. We believe that it would be important to share our knowledge with our friends from the part of the world,” he said.

Ramkrishna Dhavalikar, Minister for Public Works, Transport, River Navigation and Museum, said,” The MoU signed today is one the significant steps between Government of India and Republic of Portugal. I am confident to see new opportunities and possibilities for our collaboration in key areas which have been identified and discussed with officials of Portugal and PWD in Goa. It is a significant move to work in a tandem in collaboration to develop common initiatives for water supply and waste water management in the state of Goa. We have great desire to implement project of assessment of existing water supply projects.”

”The signing of MoU at this juncture is nothing but the consolidation of a true partnership and we should not miss out this opportunity for sustainable development. Though the present MoU is for a period of two years, I am confident that we shall achieve all the objectives within the prescribed period,” he said.

Giving an overview of the MoU, Uttam Parsekar, Principal Chief Engineer, PWD, said the key areas of the MoU would be use of latest technology studying the existing projects of Opa in South Goa, Selaulim plant, where there is certain issue of Manganese. A technical team will conduct a joint study there and try arrive at certain conclusion.

Major objective was to share best practices available across the world and learn from the experiences, keeping in view sustainable development, social and economic impact, he said.

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