Sand extraction: No main harm to railway overbridge at Chandor, say SWR officers
Margao: A delegation of South Western Railway (SWR) engineers and senior officers inspected the muse of railway overbridge at Kotta-Chandor, anticipating that large and unlawful sand extraction might harm its construction .
“We discovered that there was no fast harm to the muse of the rail overbridge. Nonetheless, we now have given strict directions to the officers overseeing the world to maintain a watch on such unlawful sand mining actions which will harm the muse of the bridge,” a senior SWR official informed the Herald.
It might be recalled that the native folks had earlier knowledgeable the railway authorities in regards to the hypothesis that the muse of the bridge had been broken by the suction pumps used for sanding the river.
Locals have additionally been complaining about how sand mining has broken the banks of rivers flowing via the village and the dangerous results of sand extraction have led to the autumn of centuries-old timber.
“Giant-scale unlawful sand extraction by the sand mafia utilizing boat-mounted suction pumps has left a path of destruction of river banks, dams, agricultural land and treasures. A glance alongside the river presents a tragic story of damaged dams and fallen coconut timber,” mentioned Felix Furtado, Chandor resident and member of NGO Ganav Bhavancho Ekwot (GBE).
“Sadly, the authorities have failed to guard our surroundings. At this fee, our seashores will disappear because the replenishment of sand can be affected. There’s a demand within the minds of the perpetrators of those atrocities that moral sand mining ought to be allowed,” he mentioned.