|June 28, 2018 at 11:13 am #8238|
A group of villagers concerned about losing their homes with the coming of the Cuncolim National Highway bypass voiced their concerns with the local police and MLA. Following the meeting, the villagers were assured that no decision on the bypass would be taken without their consideration.
During the day, around 20 villagers belonging to Talwada-Veroda approached the Cuncolim police station informing police of fear of losing their homes after demarcation work on the three routes for the bypass which began last month.
“In our waddo, there are about 20 to 25 homes that will be affected. The police have asked us to apprise the collector about our concerns. It’s only been four years since we built our house and we do not want to be removed from our house,” said a villager.
Following the meeting with the police, locals approached the local MLA Clafacio Dias reiterating their worry and seeking relief. The MLA assured the villagers that no decision on the route would be taken without their approval.
“People are afraid that the bypass will be going through their homes. I’ve assured them not to worry as the demarcation work is still going on and nothing has been finalised,” he said.
He added that once the demarcations for the three proposed routes were made, the route where the least number of houses will be affected would be chosen. “Once the demarcations are done, we will call for a special meeting with the locals of all the routes and decide which route to finalise based on the least number of houses that will be affected. There is no need to worry as occupants of houses affected will be rehabilitated,” said Dias.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “MLA tries to allay Cuncolim villagers’ fear over highway“