Corner stone laid for retaining wall along Tiracol river


Water resources minister Dayanand Mandrekar along with panchayat minister Laxmikant Parsekar laid the foundation stone for a retaining wall to prevent erosion at Khazankond in Keri on the banks of the Tiracol river on Tuesday.
The work involves building of a protection wall along the river Tiracol on the banks of which the Keri village is situated, to prevent erosion.
An amount of 4.14 crore was sanctioned for the first phase of works to arrest erosion and protect the houses on the banks of the river.
The length of the retaining wall (bandhara) will be over 1,250m. Once built, it will prevent water from entering the fields and will also provide protection to the houses along the river bank.
The protection wall has been a long pending demand of the residents of Keri. This has brought a sigh of relief to locals, who have been complaining about collapsing of the river bank and widening of the river because of the rampant illegal sand extraction.
"The work will be taken up on an urgent basis and is likely to be completed within six months," Mandrekar said.
Parsekar said that an amount of 11.72 crore has been earmarked for construction of an anti-erosion wall and repairs of a bandhara under the water resources department (WRD) at Keri in Pernem. [TOI]