NGOs smell rat in Salcete road widening project

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December 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm #6066

The Colva civic and consumer forum (CCCF) and united Goans foundation (UGF) on Wednesday objected to the proposed widening of road network leading to beaches in the Benaulim constituency.

They alleged that the Rs 210 crore project was being carried out in a “secret, unplanned and arbitrary manner” without taking locals into confidence. The proposed project entails widening of roads leading to the Seraulim, Varca, Mobor and Cavelossim beaches by about 15 to 25 metres for a length of 30.4km.

“Surprisingly, widening is proposed to be carried out without even acquiring land in many stretches. We also strongly condemn construction of the sewage water treatment plant at Colva and parking facilities on the playground.

The project is being carried out in a secret, unplanned, arbitrary manner and with a dictatorial attitude without taking locals/ gram sabhas into confidence regarding likely demolition of houses, compound walls, etc,” CCCF and UGF members said.

They urged local MLA Caetano Silva to intervene and ensure that all approved plans be made available in all panchayats within the Benaulim constituency “before proceeding any further in the matter”, failing which they warned of referring the matter to the appropriate forum.

“All the works carried out so far have led to chaos. There have been no permissions issued for land-filling or for interfering with natural waterways.

Areas that are being filled in the estuarine of the river Sal and other highly eco-sensitive areas have no permissions from relevant departments. No environment impact assessments have been carried out,” the members said, further urging the government to have a “holistic approach” and take into confidence all stakeholders of the constituency before proceeding with the project.

Shakuntala Mesquita, Judith Almeida and Aashish Kamat addressed mediapersons.

Source/Reference: Times of India, “NGOs smell rat in Salcete road widening project

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