Ribandar hill cutting must be probed


There needs to be a thorough inquiry to ascertain and fix responsibility on those having contrary to rules and regulations issued that unlawful permission for that massive hill cutting at Ribandar.

We need to commend Town & Country Planning Minister Vishwajit Rane for having promptly inspected the site and issued appropriate directions. Stern disciplinary action must also be taken against those officials who had dared issue the permission in contravention of law.

The probe must also encompass whether the permission for that hill cutting at Ribandar was issued by officials at the behest of Panaji MLA Babush Monserrate. There is a need to identify and weed out the corrupt officials within the TCP department. The authorities should also probe whether a cabinet Minister from Bardez has business interests in the company that was involved in that mega Ribandar hill cutting.

As this ravaged hill now poses a very grave threat of landslides impacting and endangering the houses down below in Ribandar, those responsible for this hill cutting must be directed to immediately restore the hill to its original position. Any hill cutting is a serious crime against nature leading to environmental degradation so the most stringent action must be taken against all such offenders.


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