Colva: The Colva panchayat secretary, sarpanch and a ward pancha inspected the sand dune at Sernabatim, which was partly levelled on August 16. The secretary informed that it can be clearly seen that mangroves and trees, which were growing on top of the dune were cut. He also informed that a 116-metre road has been constructed using the excavated sand.
Interesting, the secretary claims that he is unable to tell how much sand has been excavated since he doesn’t know the original height of the sand dune.
“It doesn’t look like too much sand has been moved”, he said.However, when asked how much sand would be required to construct a 116-metre long and 6-metre wide road, he said that the dune has cleverly been cut as it is difficult to reveal as to how much dune has been cut.
He informed that the issue will be taken up in the Panchayat and has instructed the talathi to identify the owner in Form 1& 14 of the property.
The inspection was carried out based on the complaint filed by Judith Almeida.
Herald had first reported the incident and since then, there was no further excavation work at the site.
The GCZMA site inspection is still pending as the same was scheduled on September 4 month but had to be postponed by the authorities. [H]