The town of Curchorem wore a deserted look as the call given by Ganv Rakhon Jagruti Manch for a bandh got a good response with all establishments downing their shutters and people spontaneously blocking all the roads leading to the town.
The call was given to protest against the government’s moves to convert the Tilamol to Sanguem Court road into a four lane road instead of taking up the work of constructing a bye pass for the mining trucks.
Villagers of Quepem and Sanguem talukas have for long now been demanding a separate corridor for trucks transporting ore as they have to live with not only dust pollution that has resulted in most of them developing respiratory illnesses, but also congestion on the roads making travel in the taluka a nightmarish experience.
At a meeting held in the morning near Dr Ambedkar Chowk, various speakers castigated the government for its preferential treatment to the mining lobby at the cost of the locals. In fact, Sanguem MLA Vasudev alias Meng Gaonkar said that though the bye-pass could be constructed within six months, the government was not taking up the project.
Later the protestors marched to the residence of Curchorem MLA Shyam Satardekar and after shouting slogans against the government and him, burnt his effigy to register their protest.
Meanwhile, to pressurize the government to address their grievances a morcha will be led to the Secretariat on 1st February when the Assembly Session will be on while Suhas Sanvordekar will commence an indefinite hunger strike on the same day.