Siolim residents demand repair of retaining wall at Tarchi Bhat

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Mapusa: Raising concern over collapsed retaining wall at Tarchi Bhat in Siolim, residents along with members of Siolim Nagrik Samiti have demanded that urgent repairs should be undertaken of the retaining wall to avoid any flooding.

A part of the retaining wall along the river at Tarchi Bhat has collapsed, raising fears of flooding. Locals informed that the retaining wall was built years ago and over the period of time, a part of it has collapsed due to erosion. Last year, flooding was witnessed in the locality as river water entered shops and into fields and houses causing hardships to residents.

One of the locals Sandip Harmalkar, who has a tailoring shop, informed that last year a part of the retaining wall collapsed due to which water had entered shops and other places.

“Although locals have made a temporary arrangement to stop overflow of river water, there is a need to build a proper retaining wall hence we demand that the government should look into the issue and undertake repairs as soon as possible,” Harmalkar said.

Another local Maheshwar Haldankar said that after the retaining wall collapsed, locals had to face a lot of hardships last year as water had entered houses and shops.

Then water resources minister and local MLA Vinod Paliencar had inspected the spite and assured to take up repair works.

President of Siolim Nagrik Samiti Amrut Agarwadekar said that “we fear if there is rise in river level, water will again enter shops and houses and, hence, we request chief minister, concerned minister and the panchayat to repair the retaining wall,” Agarwadekar said.    

Sarpanch of Siolim Marna panchayat Monali Pednekar informed that the panchayat and concerned panch members have been following up the issue to get the retaining wall repaired.