Residents of Fatorda stopped the work of filling up around 16,000 square metres of land near the District Court building where the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation had commenced the work of constructing a Handicraft Mall and Non-Conventional Energy Park.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had proposed these two projects as Golden Jubilee gifts for Margao.
The protestors not only stopped the work but also demanded that the fields be restored to their original cultivable condition. Local MLA Damodar Naik supported the people’s agitation and suggested that the projects can be erected on the land between KTC bus stand and SGPDA market.
The residents while concurring that artisans needed a market, strongly objected to the present site arguing that it would lead to water logging and flooding of the old market area.
Besides, they pointed out that the land was acquired for some other purpose and hence could not be used to construct the handicraft mall.