Chief Minister Digambar Kamat assured the House that the government would protect the interests of the residents of Khariwado who are facing demolition of their houses following a High Court order. The assurance was given while replying to a calling attention motion moved by MLAs Reginaldo Lourenco, Manohar Parrikar, Milind Naik and Dayanand Mandrekar.
The Chief Minister revealed that the new chairman of Mormugao Port Trust was not only a reasonable man but had also been told in no uncertain terms by the Union Government that the Port cannot exist by undermining the interest of the State and by working against the government.
He said the Memorandum of Understanding signed by MPT with regards to rehabilitation of the residence of Khariwado will be re-looked to find a just solution to the problem.
Following the High Court order on 13th December 2010, Mormugao Municipal Council has identified 363 houses to be illegal as they do not have license from the council and marked them for demolition except for 30 houses whose demolition has been stayed by the Appellate Tribunal of Municipalities.