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MPT Paralysed For Second Day

Operations at Mormugao Port continued to be paralysed for the second day on Saturday as residents of Khariwado, Vasco continued their siege of the installation they hold responsible for taking away their roofs.
Even though the District Magistrate issued a notification late Friday evening prohibiting blockage of the navigational channel to the port, trawlers and barges continued to block the same for the second day.
Till afternoon the authorities did not rope in the Indian Navy or the Coast Guard as recommended in the District Magistrate’s order to remove the vessels blocking the channel.
Residents of Khariwado under the banner of Khariwado Affected People (KAP) launched their agitation from midnight of Thursday and Friday protesting against the government’s failure to address their grievance.
66 houses from Khariwado were demolished last month following a High Court order upon a petition filed by MPT and many more are facing demolition but have got temporary reprieve as their appeals are pending before the Administrative Tribunal.
The blockage of Mormugao Port on Friday had caused losses amounting to nearly Rs. 20 crore claimed MPT Chairman P Mara Pandiyan.
Besides preventing operations at the port, the crew of the vessels anchored in the deep sea were also put to inconvenience as the supply vessels refused to ply on Friday.
The Vasco fish market also remained closed for the second day and some more traders joined in to support the Khariwado residents. In fact, Vasco wore a deserted look as it being Saturday, government offices had a holiday.

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