HOLLANT BEACH: THE BEACH THAT NEEDS A WALL!
Beaches like Vainguinim and Morjim have had walls quickly built on them to ‘stop’ erosion.
So why is the retention wall at Hollant beach, where it is really required, taking so long to be built?
What Happened To Hollant Beach?
A retention wall around the cove collapsed due to Cyclone Tauktae. More than a month has gone by and the concerned authorities have done nothing about it. As you’re reading this debris from the collapsed wall is being washed ashore on the beach, destroying its pristine beauty. The sand is now covered with red mud, stones and the water is all murky, as with every wave and shower of rain more soil is getting eroded. The rain and the waves have taken away with them not only the soil but also the old coconut trees.
What Needs To Be Done…
The need of the hour is not just an ordinary cement wall, but one that is scientifically built using Eco-friendly materials. So while building the new retention wall, outlets have to be left in the walls for the draining of the rainwater that accumulates during the monsoons, to prevent a similar disaster from happening again.
According to Environmentalist, cement is not Eco-friendly and causes great damage to the ecosystem. If the wall is cemented, not only will crustaceans like crabs, etc. lose their natural habitat but drainage will also be blocked.
Today it is my favourite beach, that is crying out for help. Tomorrow it could be one of your favourite spots.
This beautiful picnic spot requires our urgent help.