Rs 3.68 crore to strengthen, renovate and beautify a 1.5 km long bundh in Candolim

Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo announced that the Water Resources Department (WRD) would soon take up work to improve a major bundh at a cost of Rs 3.68 crore in Candolim. He also said there were plans to construct a small jetty on the bundh work on which will be taken up at a later stage. “The expenditure sanction and work order has been issued to strengthen, renovate and beautify a 1.5 km long bundh in Candolim at a cost of Rs 3.68 crore. The project will be completed within 14 months,” Lobo said. The WRD will take up improvement of the existing bundh from Candolim Bridge to Sinquerim. The scope of the work was to repair the bundh which has been lying in dilapidated condition. The bundh has been breached at many places and the sluice gate has also been damaged. The Waste Management Minister informed that the entire 1.5 km long bundh would be developed as a tourist spot with proper lighting and sitting facilities. “Certain designated spots will be earmarked for anglers. Locals can come with their fishing rods and participate in their favourite sport,” he said. Once the work of the bundh is completed, it will be handed over to the Candolim panchayat which will responsible to maintain it. “The tourists who come to the spot can be charged a nominal fee which could be used for maintenance of the bundh. Locals will be allowed to visit the spot free of cost,” Lobo said. The minister informed that government was awaiting the Environment Impact Assessment report over the construction of jetty at the bundh. He said the jetty will be used for only small boats which could carry at the most 12 passengers. “No speed boats will be allowed at the spot. Tourists interested in Dolphin rides or a ride to watch the backwaters can be allowed from the jetty,” Lobo said.