After paralyzing operations at the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) for two days and closing down the port town for one day, the Khariwado Affected People succeeded in forcing the government to work out a solution to their problem with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat holding an emergency high level meeting on Saturday evening.
All stake holders attended the meeting where a temporary solution has been worked out to protect the around 247 houses at Khariwado that are facing demolition in addition to the 66 already demolished. The meeting convened by the Chief Minister was attended by Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza, Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar, MPT Chairman P Mara Pandiyan and a delegation of KAP led by Fr. Bismarck Dias.
The solution worked out is that Khariwado will be taken out of MPT’s jurisdiction and for this purpose the Union Government will be approached jointly by MPT and the State administration. Simultaneously, MPT and the State government will also approach the High Court jointly to withdraw the petition filed by MPT which resulted in the imbroglio.
Fr. Bismarck Dias while announcing KAP’s decision to withdraw its agitation following the two-hour lond meeting, however warned that the people will strike with greater vengeance if the government renegades its promise made at the meeting.
Although a solution has been worked out for the houses that were facing demolition, nothing has been decided about the 66 structures already razed,