ISSORCEM: The villagers of Pale-Issorcem today said that they are not willing to part with their land for Railway double tracking.
Land owners say Railways began work prior to acquiring lands in an illegal manner. The villagers said that they thave already filed a case which is presently going on in High Court and if required will approach higher appellate authority.
“The villagers opposed and no one is ready to give their land to the railways. We will be filing our objections and if need be we will be appealing to the higher authorities,” said Advocate appearing for villagers.
She said that the villagers were given time to file any objections. The notice states nothing of how much property will be given and no demarcation has been done.
“The railway is going ahead with project illegally. The notice is only asking for land without proper reference,” the Adv added
Residents said the existing railway track passing through the village has been built on land that has still not been acquired.
“When the existing track was laid in 1890, this land was given by the people as a ‘gift’ to the Portuguese government. The Railway continues to use the land but ownership belongs to the original land owners,” they said.
Protests in the area picked up pace in November 2021, when villagers came out in large numbers to oppose the land survey and demarcation work being carried out by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL).