PANAJI: Following the disclosure of house numbers to ghost constructions in Old Goa by activist Mariano Ferrao and Ponda resident John Mascarenhas, a group of concerned individuals has urged that the panchayat immediately cancel the home numbers.
Old Goa resident Glen Cabral told reporters in Panaji on Monday that although house numbers to 21 constructions have been assigned, there are currently just about four structures.
Cabral stated, “Where structures do not exist, the panchayat should immediately conduct an inspection of the property and revoke the house numbers,” emphasizing that the action should be taken before any real structures appear.
According to Cabral, the estates are actually owned by people from outside Goa, despite being registered under the names of Christian saints like St. Francis Xavier and St. Michael.
There is an attempt to deceive the Goans into believing that these companies are owned by Goans, while non-Goans are partners in the companies, according to Cabral.
Furthermore, Cabral disclosed that no building is permitted on the sites since they are located within a 300-meter buffer from St. Cajetan Church.
“This is the rationale behind the availability of house numbers for ghost structures, which subsequently demonstrate the structures’ long-standing existence,” Cabral continued.
Historian Prajal Sakhardande voiced concerns about individuals who are purchasing houses in Old Goa.