VELSAO: A day after the High Court dismissed the petition of Velsao Pale-Issorcim against Double tracking, the panchayat has now said that it will challenge the order in the Supreme Court.
Speaking to reporters, Velsao Sarpanch Henrique D’Mello said that the case presented by Adv Carlos Fereira was not properly heard.
“We will move the Supreme Court against the order and continue the fight for Goans and for Goa’senvironment,” he said.
The High Court of Bombay at Goa has dismissed the plea filed by the Velsao village panchayat against the railway double-tracking work.
The Velsao village panchayat had filed a writ petition against the South Western Railways (SWR) project and Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL) in their jurisdiction.
The panchayat had sought directions to remove the structures and construction material placed within the jurisdiction of the panchayat in a time-bound manner and also asked for a declaration that no construction or development work would be carried out by the SWR and RVNL without a licence from the Village Panchayat.
Advocate General Devidas Pangam has responded that under Section 11 of the Railways Act, the Railway Administration does not require any permission to lay railway tracks.
“The HC has rejected the petition saying that there is no need for any permission from any authority, not even the panchayat, to lay railway tracks,” said AG Pangam.