Yet another landslide in Vaddem-Vasco on Saturday caused panic among residents, bringing back memories of the September 21 landslide which claimed the life of a woman in the area.
This time though, the landslide did not cause damage to life or property.
On hearing the news about the landslide, Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) Chairperson Nandadeep Raut rushed to the site and interacted with locals in the area.
After inspecting the area with locals, Raut requested the South Goa Collector to direct authorities to immediately take up work on the retaining wall, failing which people would hold the government responsible in case of any untoward incident in the future.
“I had informed the South Goa collector about the latest landslide and I have been assured that remedial steps would be taken up soon,” said Raut.
“We had a meeting at the South Goa Collector’s office on September 29 and the collector directed the PWD to submit a proposal and estimate for a long-term solution to prevent landslides in the future.”
“But to date, no department has submitted an estimate or proposal. On October 7, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida convened a meeting to discuss the issue with the Mamlatdar, Deputy Collector, MMC and officials of the PWD and WRD to find a long-term solution.”
“However, both PWD and WRD officials refused to take responsibility to submit proposals on grounds that the work does not come under their purview,” said Raut.