Herald: It’s boom SHACK-a-laka again!
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It’s boom SHACK-a-laka again!

07 Dec 2017 05:54am IST
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07 Dec 2017 05:54am IST
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After nature’s fury lashed Goan beaches, many shack owners in South Goa seem to be up and running. Many have welcomed the government decision for compensation and said they would avail of the same. However, few remain skeptical as the rising high tide level is a concern

With the exception of two shacks at Cavelossim that are still being repaired, most others that were affected by the sudden rise in sea water on Sunday have restarted their business and are still recovering from the damage caused and shock received.

Although most have restarted their business, things are barely limping back to normal and shack owners are still wary about the future, as the water level continues to be way above the normal high tide line and they fear a repeat of what happened on Sunday.

While most have welcomed the government decision to compensate them, Domingos Souza owner of Dom’s Beach Shack at Cavelossim was skeptical. I do not have much hope in the government promise and even may not apply for the compensation, he said.

However, most of the other shack owners said they would apply for the government compensation.

Rosario Monteiro and Mario Cunha, owners of Rosario’s Beach Shack and Baywatch Beach Shack at Cavelossim respectively, are still struggling to repair their shacks as both the shacks were badly damaged, with all the sand from Rosario’s shack being washed away.

Both of them expect to re-open in the next four days, as they are currently busy preparing the floor. Rosario has not done business since Sunday afternoon while earlier he was earning around Rs. 20, 000 to 30,000 per day.

Mario, who was also forced to close down his shack, earned Rs. 10,000 on average around per day. Besides losing the deck beds, chairs and tables, they have also suffered losses to their electrical equipment, including refrigerators.

Rosario has pegged his losses to Rs 1.8 lakh and has even lost his crockery and cutlery. Besides, the  repair work is expected to cost around Rs 80,000. Mario on the other hand, says he suffered a loss of around Rs 1.5 lakh.

At Benaulim, Queteria Fernandes, owner of Jammy’s Beach Shack, is still in a state of shock and blames the authorities for her loss. “Usually we used to put up our shack at a higher level but this year the government asked her to put it around three metres closer to the beach and that is why our losses are so heavy,” she said.

All the damaged material, including the broken verandah and refrigerator are dumped behind the shack that has now commenced business on the sandy floor, without any covering. She estimated her loss to be around Rs 5 lakh and said they would apply for compensation.

Mathew Fernandes, who owns Sea View Shack at Benaulim has opened for business on Wednesday morning and said his losses were to the tune of Rs. 80,000.

At Colva, Menino Fernandes has restarted his Silver Spoon Shack but fears that even now the water was way above the high tide line. He too said he would seek compensation, as his entire floor and barricades were washed away.

Inacio Fernandes is all set to restart his Fisherman’s Shack at Betalbatim on Wednesday evening and having suffered a loss of around Rs 60,000, he too plans to apply for the compensation.
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