A united stand to say no to bus stand


Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s plan to shift the Margao KTC Bus Stand to agricultural fields admeasuring 1.35 lakh square meters came in for strong opposition from citizens and farmers of Maddel on Tuesday.
A meeting held at Maddel this evening under the banner of Maddel Xetkarancho Ekvott has vowed to protect the agricultural fields in question and sent a warning to the government to stay away from the fields.
In his fiery speech, social activist, Fr Bismarque Dias warned the BJP that they too will meet the fate of Congress if it dare touches the agricultural fields for the proposed KTC bus stand. Saying that the CM had promised to protect the state’s agricultural fields, Fr Bismarque said, “If you (Parrikar) are a niz Goemkar, honour your word to protect the fields from destruction by reverting them back to the farmers.”
In his address, Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai appealed to the people to remain united and foil attempts by the government to convert the fields to build a bus stand. “This land was acquired by Parrikar for the truck terminus when Damu Naik was Fatorda MLA. Now, Damu during his tenure as GSUDA Vice-Chairman has passed a resolution to use the land for the KTC bus stand and Parrikar is out to implement the resolution,” Vijai said.
The MLA said he fails to understand why the government wants to shift the existing bus stand to the fields after acquiring additional land for project. He challenged both Parrikar and Damu to come out and convince the public that the bus stand will benefit the local farmers and people of Maddel. “This government is anti-farmer. Hence, it has no right to talk about special status for Goa,” he added.
Activist Dilip Hegde, Ida Coutinho, George Fernandes and others also spoke. [H]