Continuing its opposition to the mega housing project proposed by Om Sai Developers in the village, the Gram Sabha of San Jose de Areal asked the panchayat to appeal against the Additional Panchayat Director’s order permitting the project.
The villagers have been opposing this particular project for quite some time primarily on grounds that the promoters have indulged in a lot of illegalities including submission of different plans to different authorities.
In fact, on Friday last, the villagers gathered at the panchayat office to stop the inspection of the project scheduled that day following the order of the Additional Panchayat Director. The panchayat had earlier not given permission to the project following the villagers demand prompting the promoters to approach the Directorate of Panchayat which is the appellate authority.
The villagers at the Gram Sabha on Sunday asked the panchayat to challenge the Additional Panchayat Director’s order before the Civil Courts, which is a new vista made available to aggrieved parties following an amendment to the Goa Panchayat Raj Act a couple of months back.
The promoters are accused of showing different approach roads to their project in the plans submitted to different authorities. Besides, the villagers have demanded cancellation of the project as it comes within the Command Area Development and the Command Area Development Board has not given its NOC for the project.
In fact, at the Gram Sabha, it was also resolved to urge the Water Resources Department to release water in the Selaulim Irrigation Canal passing through the village, where water is not released for the purpose of agriculture even though the canal was constructed decades ago.