PANAJI: Goa Forward Chief Vijai Sardesai has written to Chief Secretary over the Corlim-Bhoma NH4A road widening issue stating that development has to be with consent; you cannot just bulldoze the voice of the people.
“You cannot just bulldoze the voice of people. Have written to Chief Secretary over Corlim-Bhoma NH4A road widening issue stating that development has to be with consent,” said Vijai.
He further said that the present land acquisition process, too, has been met with opposition from the locals. 50 objections have been submitted to the land acquisition officer from Corlim village residents, and 10 objections have been submitted to the land acquisition officer by the residents of Bhoma village.”The PWD Minister stated during zero-hour raised by me that only compound walls and a few houses would be demolished. The Minister stated and even assured that not a single temple will be demolished,” he added.
Sardesai said that he has personally visited the site and has witnessed at least 3 temples and a temple tank, dozens of houses, and several small business establishments within the 45 mts proposed highway will be demolished.
“Then Leader of opposition Manohar Parrikar was quoted as saying that “The optimum alignment of a national
highway would be to direct it away from urban areas. Instead, the proposed route is going through the very heart of villages and towns,” he said.
Sardesai also claimed that North Goa MP Shripad Naik had said the time has come for everyone to join hands and fight the NH-4A, which would cause a lot
of destruction, as none of the villagers seems to be taken into confidence.