|October 10, 2016 at 11:41 am #6833|
Objecting to the excavation of Cortalim Comunidade land atop Consua hill, the Cortalim-Quelossim Sarpanch Hilario Figueiredo and locals fear that the ongoing work if not stopped immediately, would damage the Konkan Railway tunnel beneath.
The locals have called upon the government to appoint an agency to study on the impact of excavation in the area, including the tunnel, which if damaged would stall the movement of trains along the Konkan railway route. The Cortalim locals have threatened to launch a mass protest if the state administration fails to intervene in the matter.
They claimed that the excavation is taking place in Survey Nos 133 and 145 belonging to Cortalim Comunidade atop Consua hill. According to Figueiredo, Consua and Cortalim locals complained to him about the excavation work carried out using heavy earthmoving machinery by the contractor, appointed by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Delhi.
The rubble and boulders have been excavated for constructing the Margao Western Highway Bypass along the NH-17. “Soon after receiving complaints from the locals, I wrote to the Deputy Collector Mormugao, Mamlatdar, Verna police, PWD besides TCP officials, requesting them to conduct a site inspection and stop the ongoing work on priority. However, the concerned officials failed to respond to our request.
Now, the way they have been excavating the hill, it is likely that the KRC tunnel passing below the hill may get damaged,” Figueiredo added.Besides the panchayat, even the Cortalim locals in their letters to the officials of state administration sought their intervention and urged them to stop the alleged destruction taking place atop Consua hill.
However, despite their repeated requests, the excavation work, which began early this year, is still on. “Taking cognizance of the complaint lodged by one Tome Carvalho, the Deputy Collector Margao on July 12, 2016, wrote to administrator of comunidade south zone to take necessary action into the complaint.
Similarly, the Additional Collector -1, South Goa L S R Pereira on August 30, wrote to the Director of Mines and sought his report as to what action had been taken. It makes us feel that the administration is taking the people for granted as the authorities are yet to take action into the matter as the work is going on in full swing,” said Sancoale-based RTI activist Narayan D Naik.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Stop excavation at Consua: Cortalim locals“