Herald: Carmona locals serve govt with 7-day ultimatum

Carmona locals serve govt with 7-day ultimatum

28 Nov 2015 06:19am IST
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28 Nov 2015 06:19am IST

PANJIM: Carmona villagers on Friday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the government to revoke the technical clearance given by Town and Country Planning Department to the Raheja project proposed in the village.

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PANJIM: Carmona villagers on Friday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the government to revoke the technical clearance given by Town and Country Planning Department to the Raheja project proposed in the village. They have threatened to expose the BJP-led government and its predecessor Congress government for their alleged involvement in granting illegal permissions to the project, if the clearance is not revoked.

The ultimatum comes following an assurance given by Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Town and Country Planning (TCP) Francis D’Souza on their demand within one week. He said that the file pertaining to the project is pending with the Chief Town Planner for comments.

Around 50-odd villagers,  along with local MLA Caetano (Caitu) Silva met the deputy chief Minister on Friday with the demand to revoke or keep in abeyance the illegitimate technical clearances granted to the project by TCP.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, D’Souza assured to propose a solution at the earliest. “I have heard their problems and demands and have understood them. The file is pending before the Chief Town Planner for comments. I have called for the file,” he said. 

President of Carmona Social Welfare Forum, Succoro Miranda, said that if the government fails to revoke the technical clearance in the coming week, they would be forced to take to the streets exposing the illegalities of successive governments over the project. “We would also approach the court for justice,” he said.

Miranda said that on September 30, the TCP and Carmona panchayat had held a joint inspection at the site and that the inspection report with recommendations was forwarded to the government for action. The villagers have been opposing the project for several years.

“Carmona villagers are losing their patience over the delay by the government to act on the recommendations of the TCP department on the Raheja construction issue,” he said. 

The villagers have also decided to approach all 40 MLAs seeking support on the matter. “I will raise the issue during the winter session of the State Legislative Assembly. I have raised the issue on three different occasions earlier but just got empty promises,” MLA Silva said.
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