THE Cebu City Rivers Management Council (CCRMC) wants the P1-million retaining wall built by a private hospital in the city to be demolished.

This, after they found out that the wall has encroached on the middle part of the Guadalupe River.

Aside from that, the retaining wall has no permit from the City Government.

The retaining wall is 35 meters long and is being constructed by the Chong Hua Medical Arts.

The CCRMC learned about the retaining wall after a complaint was filed before them by Engr. Serafin Uy.

Santiago Ortiz Jr., lawyer of Uy, said the construction of the retaining wall has already encroached on his client’s property and has limited the flow of the river’s water.

“Rainy season is already here. This ongoing construction is abetting disaster by narrowing the river and its curve design can cause the water flow towards my client’s property. Lives may be endangered,” he said.

Last June 6, the CCRMC inspected the site and recommended the demolition of the retaining wall.

Uy’s camp, however, lamented that the recommendation has not yet been implemented. A copy of his complaint was then given by Uy to Sun.Star Cebu.

Sun.Star Cebu tried to get a comment from CCRMC chairperson former city councilor Jose Daluz III but he cannot be reached for comment as of yesterday.

When they first filed their complaint to CCRMC last May 15, Ortiz said, the works on the retaining wall had been stopped.

Last week, however, he said that the construction along the river has resumed.

In their June 11 meeting, CCRMC has asked Chong Hua to submit within one week a site development plan for their project.

The contractor of the project, though, has asked the council to give them time to present the situation of the project. The CCRMC has not scheduled their next meeting yet.