Satyagraha to demolish illegal bungalow in Old Goa after 200 days

June 13, 2022 | 06:51 IST

Satyagraha to demolish illegal bungalow in Old Goa after 200 days

Speakers call on volunteers to suspend protest due to monsoon; Protesters hail government’s decision to demarcate 100 meter ”no construction buffer zone” around protected monuments; Demand the acceleration of the demolition process of the illegal structure

Team Herald

PANJIM: Speakers on Sunday called on volunteers to temporarily suspend their ongoing satyagraha to demolish illegal bungalows in Old Goa due to the monsoon even as the protest lasted 200 days.

The Save Goa Action Committee, which is spearheading the protest to demand the demolition of the illegal bungalow within the grounds of the World Heritage Site in Old Goa, has hailed the Goa government’s decision to mark off 100 meters of “construction buffer zone” around the protected monuments and demanded to speed up the process of demolishing the illegal structure.

Appreciating the continuous struggle of the people to protect the heritage of Goa, Capt Viriato Fernandes said, “We appreciate the struggle which is selfless. People are fighting to protect the heritage that our ancestors preserved and save it for the younger generation. I ask volunteers to postpone their ongoing protest during the rains and make a symbol of it by holding a protest once a week until the monsoon calms down.

Addressing the crowd, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Chairman, Amit Patkar appealed to the volunteers to hold back for the next three to four months due to rains and assured them that Congress MPs would raise the issue in the monsoon session of the Assembly from next month. .

Stating that he had supported the Save Goa action committee to demolish the illegal bungalow built in the heritage area, St Cruz MP Rudolf Fernandes said he would pursue the matter vehemently in the Assembly.

The parish priest of Chicalim, Father Bolmax Pereira, said: “We are with the people of heart, soul and spirit. Our fight will continue until the illegal bungalow is demolished by the authorities. But he called on protesters to avoid coming to Old Goa daily due to rains and surges in COVID-19 cases and to hold token protests until the rains subside.

Fatima Pereira, Coordinator of the Save Old Goa Action Committee, Anthony D’Silva, Glen Cabral, Architect Tahir Noronha, Father Ezuco and Sanjay Barde were also present.

Speakers also criticized the Directorate of Panchayats for granting an ex parte reprieve to the demolition order issued by the Se Old Goa Village Panchayat after the Department of Town and Country Planning (TCP) revoked the license.

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