Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Thanks to mining Harwale waterfall falls from dream to nightmare

Samir Umarye

BICHOLIM JULY 13: The famous waterfall at Harvalem - Sanquelim in
Bicholim taluka is neglected by the authorities and seem to become a
nightmare for the tourists.

The Harvalem waterfall which is one of the tourist spot in the state
is totally neglected by the government and the authorities. When this
correspondent visited the site there were very few tourists from
Hyderabad and Vasco who were present.

Close inspection at the site showed that the entire area from where
the waterfall could be seen was filled with mud. The steps had become
slippery and dangerous for the people to walk. Some of the benches were
broken and in several places even the fences were falling apart posing
a great danger to the public.

"The waterfall was recently giving red water because of the mining
pollution and even now the entire silt of the mining is deposited at
the bottom of the waterfall." Navelim panch, Pandharinath Gawas told

It may be recalled that some years back the entire surrounding of the
waterfall was beautified by the panchayat with some help from the
Mineral Foundation of Goa. There were new benches, flower beds and
hedges that attracted the tourists. But today the entire place has
become a mess.

Speaking on the occasion a tourist complained about the surroundings
of the waterfall. "Some years back when i came here this place was
beautiful but now it has totally lost its beauty."

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