Residents of Carmona, supported by the organization Village Groups of Goa (VGG), marched to the Malbhat residence of chief minister Digambar Kamat on Thursday demanding revocation of the construction license granted to K Raheja Universal Ltd for a mega project in the village. However, due to the chief minister’s absence, a memorandum regarding the issue was submitted to his office.
Pointing out that the town and country planning (TCP) department had recently granted the final no objection certificate (NOC) to K Raheja Universal Ltd to develop 8, 8000 sq m of land on the River Sal in Carmona, the memorandum also stated that there was no proper road access to the said property.
“As per the TCP department rules and regulations for the development of a property exceeding 25,000 sq m, an access road with a width of 10m is mandatory. Further, as per a circular dated August 29, 2008 issued by the same department, an access road has to be constructed at site at the time the conversion sanads are granted. It is despicable that the so-called aam admi government in Goa is flouting all rules and regulations to grant licenses to mega projects even though the villagers of Carmona had unanimously opposed it through a gram sabha resolution dated March 30, 2007 apprehending that it would change the whole character of the peaceful village,” a press note issued by the VGG stated.
The memorandum has also brought to the notice of the chief minister that some villagers from Carmona whose houses and compound walls are likely to be axed due to a proposed road widening for the project, have knocked on the doors of the court challenging the final NOC to the it. Complaints with regard to violations of the Forest Act and Environment Act have also been made in the memorandum against the builder.
The villagers later marched to the South Goa collectorate and handed over a copy of the memorandum to additional collector Prasanna Acharaya.
A copy of the memorandum was also handed over to the town planner Rajesh Naik of the TCP.