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Test for Digambar Kamat

Khariwado Residents Demand Ordinance To Save Their Houses

In what will be a litmus test to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, residents of Khariwado, Vasco at a meeting held on Thursday demanded that the government issue an ordinance to save their houses which are facing demolition.
It may be recalled that two years ago, when the Supreme Court pronounced an order to demolish portion of Cidade de Goa building, the Digambar Kamat government issued an ordinance to regularize the illegal construction of the hotel.

The residents of the 366 houses from Khariwado that are now facing demolition following a High Court order, have now demanded that the government come to their rescue just as it rescued the hotelier.
It may be recalled that the Mormugao Port Trust had moved the High Court against the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority for its failure to take action against the structures at Khariwado on grounds that they were in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone.
The High Court decided the case in favour of MPT and directed the Mormugao Municipal Council that was also made party to the proceedings, to issue final demolition notices to all the inhabitants by 15th February.
Ironically, though the order was pronounced in December last year, the issue was not even discussed at the council meeting revealed Councillor Fiola Rego and though she suggested that all the residents call on the Chief Minister to present their case, wondered whether the people would co-operate.
It is indeed ironical that though the new Coastal Regulation Zone 2011 has been notified under which houses of traditional fishermen are protected even if they are within 50 mts of the High Tide Line and special concession in this regard has been provided for Goa, nobody has yet thought of challenging the High Court order on the basis of the new notification.

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