The Margao Civil and Criminal Court building was back in the news on Saturday when the tarpaulin plastic sheets covering the roof were blown away by the strong winds.
Water seepage was reported not only in the building corridors but inside a courtroom, once again bringing to the fore that the building is not safe from the heavy rains.
In a bid to fix the issue and to put the plastic sheets back on the roof, the Margao fire brigade was called on Saturday noon. A fire tender was stationed near the court building around noon to cover the roof with the tarpaulin sheets.
Fire Officer Gill D’Souza told The Goan that while the firemen have managed to cover the building roof with the tarpaulin sheets, the front portion of the building will be taken up in the evening.
City-based lawyers pointed out that water seepage was reported from a courtroom, with the staff placing buckets in one of the rooms. “The situation is back to haunt the lawyers, litigants, staff and even the presiding officers. We have been told that the water seepage threatened to affect the records and documents,” a lawyer informed.
Lawyers under the banner of the South Goa Advocates Association had stayed away from Margao Civil and Criminal Court building earlier this week to highlight the issue of water seepage and the pitiable condition of the building. Law Minister Nilesh Cabral, who rushed to assuage the sentiments of the legal fraternity has promised to fix the issue during the dry spell.