Herald: Joint inspection reveals rampant hill-cutting at Pilar project
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Joint inspection reveals rampant hill-cutting at Pilar project

07 Dec 2018 06:14am IST

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07 Dec 2018 06:14am IST

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The general perception was the builder was tampering with the contours of the project

PANJIM: Two days after TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai inspected the place, the Town and Country Planning officers along with local MLA Francis Silveira, panchayat members of Goa Velha and Curca and so also the priests of Fr Agnel Pilar conducted a site inspection of the project near the seminary.

The panchayat members as well as the MLA alleged sheer violations and major hill-cutting in the project.

“ The project was given approval before I became MLA but when I raised the issue in the Assembly and the TCP Minister promised me he will come for site inspection and assured that if any illegalities he will stop the project. Two days back the minister came here and he said that he would send for inspection and Goa Velha members panchayat alongwith the priests,” said local MLA Francis Silveira.

Silveira said as they came for inspection inside the actual site, they saw major violations being carried out by the builder.

“We have observed lots of violations there is illegal hill cutting and other violation. We demand that the project approval be revoked immediately,” he said.

Agassaim Sarpanch Xavier Gracias said the project is close to the historical site PIlar church and so also the lake on the Southern side.

“Whatever sewage is produced will go in the lake and pollute it. The water of the lake is used by the villagers for drinking purpose etc. Hence this project cannot be allowed “ he said. 

Fr Lawrence Fernandes said that the builder is totally playing with the topography of the place. 

“The Contour level of this project has been manipulated. What has been said by the builder can be contested in court. Already there is rampant hill cutting, we request minister to immediately revoke the approvals for the project. We are not against people who have bought the place but we are fighting for locals who are badly affected by the project,” Fr Lawrence said.
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