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Will Take To Streets If Necessary Changes Not Incorporated: Matanhy

Former Tourism Minister Mantanhy Saldanha threatened to take to streets if the people suggestions were not incorporated in the draft Regional Plan 2021 by the first week of December.

Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a press conference in Margao, Saldanha said that RP 2021 as notified, is designed to help only the corporate sector and politicians to loot and plunder Goa and is not in the interest of the people of Goa.

Saldanha further recalled that the Konkan Railway Re-alignment Action Committee had then demanded that the railway line be constructed through the mining sector. “At that time, our demand was rejected, and today the government is proposing a railway track through the same area that we had suggested then,” he said.

He also pointed out that the very that fact various village groups are opposing the RP2021 with valid reasons is a reflection of the fact that RP2021 has not been prepared in the people’s interest as the suggestions and recommendations from Panchayats, village level committees and gram Sabhas have not been incorporated.

“Instead whatever the corporate sector and more particularly the real estate industry wanted has been incorporated,” he said while pointing out that in many villages 15 mts wide roads are proposed against the locals’ wishes to help real estate developers put up mega projects.

“This is only giving scope for corruption. All the village roads should be only 5 mts wide. State-level committee members should also beware that people are not ignorant and they can also think”, he said.

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