PONDA: The Wadi Talavalim Locals pose a big question mark over the use of fine Quarry stone or granite powder (aggregator) as a replacement for sand and gravel for the construction of a retaining wall for the field at Wadi Talavalim along the roadside.
Locals said the powder work is substandard and will only last up to two years. When sand is available now, why use crushed to powder. Locals demanded a probe into work.
The locals said that using aggregator (powder) already 100-meter long retaining wall for protection of the field is constructed.
According to locals, this will only lead to substandard work, and such a wall would collapse in a short time as the powder does not strengthen the structure.
Around 200-meter long wall will be constructed at the Wadi Talavalim roadside, which is also a safety for protecting agricultural land from Cattle.
Out of this, a 50-meter-long retaining wall is completed by a contractor using the aggregator.
Locals said this was a waste of money and feared that the weak structure using powder would collapse, wasting government money on construction. The structure would last long with a mixture of sand, said locals.
When asked, the PWD Officials said he had directed the contractor to stop work and use sand for the work. After his direction, the contractor brought the sand for construction, which was also dumped at the site.
He said it is not powder but M sand. He said care would be taken to use sand. A meter-height retaining wall is proposed on the existing wall in the field for the past protection of the field from cattle at the cost of Rs 30 lakh.