Tiware Dam Breach
Who is Responsible for Man-made Mistakes?
Tiware Dam fulfilled the water requirement for people and farms at Tiware village for the last 14 years. Maintenance work of the dam was ignored and there were major leakages, which was informed often by people to the concerned Irrigation Department but to no avail. Some low-quality repair work was done after almost one and a half years since the last complain, which also turned out to be useless.
Though the dam brought prosperity to the village, the same dam took everything away on the night of 2nd July 2019. Whose mistake was this? The dam, constructor, government or people residing near the dam? The question is still unanswered.
The disaster brought the village to limelight overnight
The small Tiware village had only 47 families with 19 homes, and most of them were dependent on farming. The dam was built in 2005 by the Irrigation Department, subcontracting the company which is owned by the brother of a local legislative member. The big question is, was the construction done properly?
After the disaster, the water supply continues with the help of water tankers, and though people received short-term shelter, what is the future for this village? Public property such as roads and two bridges connecting Chiplun city are also damaged due to flooding.
The calamity took 24 lives, a complete family and an entire village. People in this tragedy have lost family members, homes, and have no courage.
The Wire – Marathi
13 July 2019
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