Land filling for project irks Calangute locals

 

The controversial filling of land for a proposed commercial project opposite a home for senior citizens at Calangute has angered the locals, while elected representatives have asked Calangute Police to take steps to stop the activity.
Incidentally, previous attempts to fill the land were stopped after a stay was obtained from the North Goa deputy collector’s office almost two years ago.
What has also generated controversy besides the filling of land is that water and electricity connections have been released through the Goa Public Health Act, even though there isn’t any house to make use of the water and electricity.
“We called the Flying Squad and other government departments to stop the land filling, but were told that the matter is being investigated, but till date no one has come either for a site inspection or to stop the land filling,” Calangute Comunidade attorney Anthony D’Souza told Herald.
When contacted, Calangute MLA Michael Lobo along with Calangute Panch Joseph Sequeira inspected the site and decided to file a complaint with Calangute Police to act in the matter. They also brought the matter to the notice of the officials of Town & Country Planning (TCP) Department.
“I strongly object to the filling of a low-lying area and release of water and electricity connections under the Public Health Act as such benefits are being misused under the Act. I have asked the Calangute Police to initiate steps to stop the illegal filling of low-lying area,” informed Lobo.
Sequeira informed that there is stay over the illegal filling from the deputy collector. “I don’t understand how water and electricity connections are released for illegal activities in low lying areas or paddy fields,” said Sequeira. [H]