Decade on, villagers await shifting of police station to Curtorim

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June 28, 2018 at 12:09 pm #8241

Even a decade after acquiring 10,000 sq mts of land at Sonsoddo for shifting the Maina-Curtorim police station from Margao to Curtorim, there has been hardly any progress on the proposal with villagers fearing that they may not see it in their lifetime.

There are also apprehensions that the state government may come up with quarters for the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel there.

The said land opposite the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services office at Sonsoddo was acquired by invoking the emergency clause. But, the Maina-Curtorim police station is still housed in the district headquarters at Margao with villagers claiming that it is not easily accessible.

Curtorim panch member Simon Barretto said, “We want the Maina-Curtorim police station in Curtorim not in Margao. People of Curtorim are forced to travel nine kilometres away by crossing the Fatorda police station areas. This is absurd. We will soon submit a memorandum to the government asking why the Maina-Curtorim police station is so named when it is not in Maina-Curtorim or in Curtorim constituency jurisdiction. If a police station comes up in Curtorim constituency, it will help in controlling the drug menace which is increasing.”

A retired officer J Viegas said, “The police station in the village can act as a deterrent to the anti-socials and help in controlling the illegal and criminal activities in the rural areas. It’s high time that people of Curtorim constituency come together and clamour for a police station.”

Sarpanch of Curtorim Rupesh Naik accused the government of trying to force upon the villagers the IRB quarters in Curtorim when the people of Curtorim want a police station for effective policing. He said, “I heard the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in the assembly telling that he would use the Leprosy hospital areas for IRB police quarters. It’s very sad and people of Curtorim have to agitate against it.”

He further said, “Look at the Colva police station, Cuncolim police station, Margao police station, all these police stations are situated in places as their namesake. Why is it not the case for the Maina-Curtorim?”

Reliable sources informed that the police department had moved a file to shift the Maina-Curtorim police station to Raia on a land which has been acquired, since it is a centrally located place which is easily accessible for people of Raia, Rachol, Nuvem, Maina-Curtorim etc.

However, the plan was stalled as some police officials put the spokes in the wheel on the grounds that it would inconvenience them and they would be isolated from the town.

Sonsoddo waste stink was also a reason which was cited by some police officials of the ranks likely to be shifted. When contacted, a senior police official refused to comment.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Decade on, villagers await shifting of police station to Curtorim

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