Govt stand on Moti Dongor not clear
With just 18 days to go for the expiry of the six-month High Court deadline on February 9, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seems in no hurry to take a call on the fate of the structures atop the migrant inhabited Moti Dongor.
In fact, nearly six months after the government gave an undertaking to the High Court to conduct a survey of all illegal structures and raze them down within six months, the administration seems indecisive on the sensitive issue.
Neither has the Chief Minister cleared the file on Moti Dongor till date nor has he come out with the government stand on the structures till date. The Chief Minister, however, told Herald on Tuesday that the government will take a final decision on the Moti Dongor structures after initiating a consultation process with officials and an interaction with the Moti Dongor inhabitants.
“I will soon start the consultation process with officials. The inhabitants will also be heard on the issue before the government takes a decision,” he said. Parrikar, however, hastened to add that government action will be known by February.
A survey conducted by the authorities, including the Administrator of Comunidades and Margao Municipal Council had identified around 373 illegal structures ~ around 257 structures on Moti Dongor and the remaining 116 structures on the adjoining Talsanzor area.
It’s now more than two months since South Goa district Collector N D Agrawal had submitted a confidential report along with the list of illegal structures to the government for action. Sources in the know said the file concerning Moti Dongor was put up before the Chief Minister around January 9-10 for a decision on how to go about the matter.
Moti Dongor came to the centre stage after the government filed an undertaking in the High Court on August 9 to conduct a survey of the structures and raze them down following a public interest litigation filed by Mumbai-based lawyer Adv Sanjiv Punalykar
The High Court had disposed off the PIL on August 9 after accepting the statement made by the Advocate General ~ setting the time-frame of six months, which expires on February 9, 2013. [H]