Sunday, November 05, 2017

Two houses on Mopa airport land demolished

Pernem  Pernem Mamlatdar on Friday executed the order of North Goa Collector Nila Mohanan by demolishing two houses which were located on the land acquired for the Mopa airport.
Sources said that these two houses were illegally constructed on the land acquired for Mopa airport. However, one Suresh Raghuvir Talkatkar and one Narayan Salgaonkar, the house owners, asserted that their structures were legal.
Suresh Talkatkar said, “We did not receive any notice or letter from North Goa Collector nor from Land acquisition department. We were not informed about the demolition even orally. On Friday, evening at around 6 pm, the officials came at the site and gave us two minutes time to vacate the houses. As we started removing the things out of the house, they started the demolition. In two minutes all we could save was the refrigerator. We are now left without a shelter with our belongings. The panchayat as well as the minister is involved in this demolition and now we have no one to whom we can approach for help.”
We are living here for five generations which is around 200 years. My ancestors were agriculturists which we continue doing till today; besides, we also take up daily wage works. We are a family of 10 persons and from Friday evening we are homeless,” Talkatkar lamented.
05/11/17 Herald