Minority community leaders on Saturday turned down the offer made by chief minister Digambar Kamat of allotting a plot of land at Sonsoddo for a kabrastan, and insisted that the government provide them with “alternative land” for the purpose.
At a meeting convened by Kamat of representatives of the local masjid committee at his Margao residence on Saturday, the chief minister attempted to persuade them to accept the 30,191 sq m of land for setting up a burial ground for the community.
The minority community leaders, however, remained firm on their stand that the kabrastan land is “not environment-friendly” and “unsuitable” for a kabrastan. The delegation insisted that the government acquire the 99,513 sq m of land at Aquem that was earlier earmarked for the purpose.
“We reminded the chief minister about the assurance given by him to Salim Ashraf from Delhi, who had called on him recently to advocate the cause of kabrastan, that the government would provide land other than at Sonsoddo. We told him that our stand was firm and the government should take immediate steps to provide us alternative land,” Abdul Matin Daud Carol, who has been pursuing the case, told GoaChronicle.com after the meeting.
The meeting ended inconclusively, even as the chief minister asked the minority community to re-consider their stand, it is reliably learnt. Meanwhile, it may be noted that the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) has deposited 60 lakh with the government for acquisition of the 30,191 sq m of land at Sonsoddo for the burial ground.