Rights panel issues notices over bad condition of Mapusa Police Station


Taking suo motu cognizance of a Herald report on the precarious condition of the Mapusa Police Station, the Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) has issued notices to the chief secretary, police, PWD and other authorities directing them to appear before the commission on March 21.
Acting on a Herald report ‘Police living dangerously at Mapusa station’ (February 12), the GHRC issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Secretary (Homes), Superintendent of Police (North), Principal Chief Engineer (PWD), executive engineer, Works Division (V Building), Assistant Engineer (Sub Division XIII  Building, Mapusa).
It may be recalled that the PWD had inspected the building in July 2012 and had even prepared estimates for the repair work.
In a letter to the Mapusa Police on July 27, 2012, the PWD had warned that the building is in need of urgent rehabilitation measures, but no action was taken in the matter.
“All the cantilevered balconies are showing distress signs with concrete covering having scaled and exposing steel reinforcement which is completely corroded to the extent that there is practically no reinforcement left. It also appears that marine ply ceiling along with its frame may cave in at any time on police personal resting on the second floor of the barrack,” stated the PWD in its letter to the Mapusa Police.
Following the Herald report, GHRC members recently visited the Mapusa Police station and inspected the structure, before issuing notices to the various authorities. [H]