Corlim protests against multi-storeyed projects, urges Goans to protect villages

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August 13, 2012 at 11:39 am #3722

Residents of Corlim staged a protest rally against the growing number of building projects in the village, on Friday.

Social activist Baptist Pereira apprised villagers on construction licences issued by the newly elected panchayat body.

He informed that eight construction licences for multi-storeyed buildings were issued by the panchayat in its very first meeting on June 11.

“Villagers have now decided to get all eight licences revoked and have demanded that no further construction licence be issued by the panchayat,” Pereira told Herald.

He said the residents staged the protest rally after the panchayat had overruled a previous gram sabha resolution to refrain from issuing construction licences to multi-storeyed buildings.

“Corlim is in danger of a permanent distortion of the demographic profile as the character and lifestyle of our village is increasingly being modified. At this rate, it will not take long for Goan villages to get phased out completely,” Pereira said.

“Villagers of Corlim also request all our Goan brethren to be united to protect the character of our Goan villages. Our villages have evolved in their own beautiful ways over the centuries and they need to be preserved, added Pereira.

Source/Reference: Herald, “Corlim residents stage protest rally against building projects

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August 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm #3731

Kudos to the people of Corlim. You have set a good example to all of us from villages. Hope that people from other villages also follow suit to protect their motherland.

August 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm #3734

Way to go! Corlim-karamnom, valor tumkam!!

I’m totally in favor of this decision. Permanent distortion of the demographic profile of villages is a grave concern. With buildings coming up at a rapid pace, it will take little time for the culture of our villages to become like that of cities.

This resolution must be passed by all village panchayats. If builders want to build buildings, go to the cities.

August 14, 2012 at 12:23 am #3738

Many panchayats will try to justify the need for buildings…. that’s because the members (sarpanch, panch of that ward, and secretary) receive huge benefits from builders for each and every such project. The benefits are either in the form of lump-sum cash or in the form of an apartment in the building itself. Now-a-days people want to get elected because of this very reason. Literally selling the village for personal gains! Why do you think the new Corlim panchayat body passed such projects in the very first meeting? This is happening all over Goa. Wake up common man!

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