On 19 December 1961, Goa, along with Daman and Diu, was organised as a centrally administered union territory of India under Operation Vijay. Dayanand Bandodkar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) was named the first Chief Minister of Goa. His dream project—the Salaulim Dam was proposed by him in the 1960s. He promised the villagers that they would be shifted elsewhere since the villages of Kurdi and Kurpem in Sanguem Taluka and their smaller colonies of Stristal, Devabhag, Dhapode, Akrimal, Karemal, Talsai, Unan, Kaman etc would be submerged.
Bandodkar died in office in 1972. The project was commissioned and completed by his daughter and succeeding Chief Minister of Goa, Shashikala Kakodkar. The construction of the Modernist dam began in 1977, displacing over 3000 families and submerging the ancient villages. The villagers left their hearth and home to be rehabilitated in remote Valkini and Vaddem.
The waters submerged the villages in 1977-78.