Keri to get retaining wall along 1km of Tiracol river

 Panchayat minister Laxmikant Parsekar has assured the residents of Keri that a retaining wall will be built along a kilometre of the Tiracol river to protect the houses along the bank.

Around 40 houses are facing a threat of damage and even collapse allegedly on account of the extensive, albeit illegal, sand mining under way in the river.

Locals say even the road has been damaged by the large-scale activity that has allegedly caused the river's bank to collapse.

On Thursday, while laying the foundation stone for some panchayat projects in the village, Parsekar said the government has approved the proposal to construct the retaining wall.

"Also, 4 crore has been sanctioned for the construction of the retaining wall to save the houses," said the Mandrem MLA.

He said the work on the wall would be started soon and that it would be taken up in phases.

"The length of the retaining wall will be over 1,250 m," said Keri sarpanch Francis Rodrigues.

"Once built, it will prevent water from entering the fields and will also provide protection to the houses along the river's bank," he told TOI.

The panchayat minister laid the foundation stone for a package of welfare projects to be undertaken under village panchayat funds.

These projects include the construction of a footpath, a footbridge, laying of pavers, and the construction of sanitation gutters in the village. [TOI]