St Jose de Areal villagers forced the panchayat to revoke the occupancy certificate issued to Om Sai Housing project in the village which has been opposed by the villagers from the beginning. The irate villagers confined the acting sarpanch Vincy Mascarenhas and secretary to the panchayat office for nearly three hours on Friday till an emergency meeting of the panchayat was held to decide upon the issue.
The panchayat at the meeting held on Saturday decided to revoke the occupancy certificate on grounds that the construction is not as per the prevailing building rules and also not in consonance with the plans submitted to the panchayat for construction license.
Villagers have been opposing this project on various grounds including the fact that it was coming up in Command Area meant for agriculture, it did not have proper approach road and also being too close to the railway track. The formal process of revocation will begin on Monday.