Margao’s old railway station to house flood-affected during monsoons

MARGAO: The old railway station at Margao has been identified by the south Goa district administration as one of the probable sites for rehabilitating people affected by flooding during the monsoons.

While the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at Fatorda used to be utilized for accommodating flood-affected people until last year, the venue may not be available for the purpose this year owing to the forthcoming Lusofonia Games. The district administration, therefore, zeroed in on the old railway station as the alternative venue this year.

The low lying areas of Khareband normally witness flooding during monsoons, and the locals are then temporarily shifted to the Fatorda stadium until the water level recedes.

Concerned over the flooding that takes place in the low lying areas of Khareband, Margao, during heavy rains, Agrawal has directed the water resources department (WRD) to desilt the nallah and remove the vegetation that has grown within it so that the flow of the water is not affected.

“I have told them to work out the estimates and complete the tasks at the earliest. I have instructed all the departments to work towards preventing any disasters during monsoons,” Agrawal told.

The Margao Municipal Council (MMC) has also geared up for the approaching monsoons. Chief officer of the MMC, Deepali Naik, held a meeting of all its engineers and directed them to inspect the areas prone to flooding and water-logging and take immediate flood-preventive measures.