Eminent environmentalist and social worker Claude Alvares says the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation flouted all rules for the construction of third Mandovi bridge.
“Whatever they are doing is contrary to the undertaking they had given to the National Green Tribunal,” Alvares told Herald.
Alvares, who had moved the NGT for stay on the bridge construction, said the GSIDC had told the NGT that only two pillars would come in the river and the mangroves will only be trimmed and would be under the approach road.
“What they have done right now is clear violation of the undertaking.
River on both sides have been filled with mud for the roads besides the piers while the mangroves have been cut in wholesale, which is also violating Coastal Zone Regulatory rules,” he adds.
He says everything is being done to inaugurate the bridge before the coming Lok Sabha and bye-poll elections.
“Bridges are meant to last for decades but with the kind of work going on in a hurry I do not think so it would last that long,” he says.
On the widening of NH66, he says, it is all part of the Sagarmala project.
“Why does Goa need such big roads? We are fed up with this government they do not listen to anyone neither they care for anyone,” he said when asked whether he would move the NGT again.
He says the Mandovi bridge project was meant to solve the problem for Panjim but it is now heading somewhere else.
“We will not know what could be the exact impact of the construction but only time will tell what impact it may have,” he says.
GSIDC vice chairman Siddhath Kuncoliencar says they have not flouted any rules.
“We are going perfectly by the undertaking what we have given in the NGT,” he said adding “the project is undertaken by a company like L&T and they will not do anything what is against the law.”