Assuring full support to the farmers of Maddel to protect their agricultural land, the Fatorda MLA, Mr Vijay Sardesai, said that he would be “with the farmers to agitate and even face lathi-charge.”
Addressing the farmers’ protest meet at Maddel in Fatorda, on Tuesday, Mr Sardesai said that he would even be ready to approach court to save the agricultural land of around 2 lakh sq mt, which was earlier acquired by the government for the purpose of truck terminus and later the project was scraped, and added that the present government is now trying to make use it for constructing the new KTC bus stand.
What perhaps compelled the farmers to have a meeting in the same agricultural land, close to the wholesale fish market, was the recent statement of the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, who announced that a KTC bus stand would be built at this place even though the earlier government had proposed it at the existing KTC bus stand.
Mr Sardesai challenged the former Fatorda MLA, Mr Damodar Naik to convince these farmers about the benefits they would get after the KTC bus stand is constructed in their agricultural land.
“When Mr Naik was the vice-chairman of SUDA, he forcefully proposed the KTC bus stand here despite having huge land acquired by the erstwhile government to construct the state-of the art bus stand. His decisions were in contrast to what I did when I enjoyed the same post. I scraped the truck terminus proposal immediately in the interest of the farmers,’’ he added.
Fr Bismarck Dias accused the government of carrying out development by taking away poor farmers’ land in the state despite the promise to revert back the land, which the former government had acquired.
“There seems to be no difference between the BJP and Congress government rules in Goa,” he added.
Ms Aida Fernandes, the member of the Goa Xetkaramcho Ekvott, while expressing her support to these Maddel Xetkaramcho Ekvott, said that they should collectively fight against the government decision.
It may be recalled that the said land was acquired during the BJP rule in Goa. However, when the Congress government came to power the project of truck terminus was scraped. But, the government could not use the land for other purpose. Therefore it was lying unused. [NT]