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Humanitarian crisis unfolding at pilerne

Over 500 stranded labourers living without food, water, electricity and money for more than four days at Pilerne Industrial Estate

Pilerne: More than 500 construction labourers are stranded at a construction site at the Pilerne Industrial Estate, and have been living without food, water, electricity and money for more than four days.

The labourers working at the site at the industrial estate have been going through a hell since the nationwide lockdown was imposed in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The North Goa district collector had directed a food supplier to supply groceries to the construction labourers. However, the directions have not yet been followed, leaving the harrowed workers in the lurch.

Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, a distressed labourer said, “We are more than 500 labourers working at the construction site at the Pilerne Industrial Estate. We have been passing our days without food, water and electricity for more than four days.”

Pilerne sarpanch Santosh Bandodkar said that his panchayat members have been distributing essential groceries to each household of the village.

When asked about the 500 stranded labourers, Bandodkar regretted the plight of the labourers and said, “I had written to the North Goa collector who in turn instructed a food supplier to supply groceries to the stranded labourers at the Pilerne Industrial Estate.”

Bandodkar maintained that he contacted the Colvale-based food supplier Manohar T Mhaske who shrugged off the responsibility, saying that it is too far for him to supply the groceries.

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