CANACONA: An agitated widow, Hermes Pereira who is in her eighties, residing at Mashem in Canacona has been distressed as a coconut tree belonging to her neighbour crashed on her house bringing along two other palm trees. The octogenarian stated that the incident has put her in financial loss as well as distress.
In several letters written to various authorities she has claimed that even after knowing that the coconut tree belonging to her immediate neighbour was cracked and about to fall, he deliberately didn’t cut it.
“The coconut tree was earlier touching a high tension electricity cable and the Electricity Department had asked him to cut the tree. In place of cutting the tree, the land lord told us that he got an order from the Deputy Collector, Canacona to pull it away from the electrical alignments”, informed Crosby D'Souza, the son-in-law of the aggrieved widow.
He further said “While pulling the tree away from the electricity cables, already damaged trunk of the coconut tree got more damaged, and without tying any stay wire for support the labourers engaged in the work rested it on a coconut tree belonging to my mother-in-law. As she is not keeping well, she didn’t bring it to any ones notice, except to the land lord who assured her that it will not fall.”
Demanding compensation for the losses incurred, the elderly lady said, “The coconut tree broke from the middle and while falling brought down the coconut tree on which it rested and an arecanut tree, all came crashing down on my house causing a loss of over 50 thousand. I am not going to allow anyone to remove these trees till I am paid my due compensation.”