Friday, January 16, 2009

Goa megaprojects stir picks up in Nuvem

On Thursday, the town and country planning department in Margao Goa megaprojectshad a familiar voice echoing the sentiments that most Goans are screaming about. Megaprojects. The citizens Welfare committee (CWC) held a demonstration outside their office, demanding the dismissal of town country planner S M Byakod for alleged fraudulent practices and for granting permission to a Fateapur-Nuvem megaproject.

Demanding a stop work order immediately, the CWC also sought demolition of the constructed bungalows as part of the mega project. The delegation also demanded  that all cases filed by the builder against the activists be also dropped forthwith, and  called for initiation of criminal proceedings against the town planner and the builder.

Referring to the provisions of the Regional plan 2001 the CWC members questioned the permission granted to the builder to construct 41 bungalows when the law suggests constructing around 8-10 bungalows in the specified area.

Holding the town planner responsible to connive with the builder, the committee accused the  builder of cheating the district magistrate by filing a false report of conversion of land.

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