|April 9, 2016 at 5:45 pm #6333|
With unseasonal showers lashing the port town of Vasco during wee hours on Friday, the residents of the Jetty hillock have reiterated their demand for the construction of a retaining wall as they fear a landslide.
“We are living in a fear. During monsoon landslides might occur thereby putting our lives in danger,” said a resident.
He said that most of the houses on the Jetty hillock face threat from landslide, and therefore are demanding construction of a retaining wall, which could solve the problem.
“Although some retaining walls are constructed in Bodga landslide-prone zones, the Jetty has never been provided any attention,” informed an aggrieved woman.
The people residing in Jetty areas have appealed to the local legislator Milind Naik who is also the Power Minister to pay immediate attention to resolve the long pending issue of the locals.
“We will be very much grateful to the Mormugao legislator if he resolves our problem,” added the woman.
Meanwhile when contacted, Mormugao Municipal Council chairperson Deepak Naik disclosed that the MMC would serve eviction notices to nearly over 300 houses which are constructed on the hillock at the landslide prone zones of Bharatline, Tariwada, Bogda, Jetty and Desterro.
“The Mormugao municipal authorities serve eviction notices to the occupants of the houses every year, but none of the occupants have so far vacated their houses, despite the area being prone to landslide in the monsoon,” added Naik.
“The Mormugao municipal council authorities do not want to take a chance, incase anything happens to the occupants who are living a dangerous life by occupying the houses which are lying in a landslide prone zones,” stated Naik.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Jetty residents reiterate demand for retaining wall fearing landslides “