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Complaint lodged over digging inside St Cajetan Church premises

OLD GOA: Digging of trenches in the premises of St Cajetan Church, where the ruins of the gate to the Adil Shah Palace exist, has invited criticism of heritage activists.
A complaint has been lodged by activists at the Old Goa police station that works threatening the world heritage sites are being carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India, Old Goa village panchayat, PWD and Exposition Committee 2014. The complaint has been undersigned by activist Fr Bismarque Dias and Sandeep Dalvi.
Speaking to press, Fr Dias said that despite the Goa Heritage Action Group earlier objecting to works near the Viceroy’s Arc that is a global heritage site, digging is being done inside the St Cajetan Church premises, which is very shocking.
He alleged that the custodian of the world heritage sites are brazenly violating ASI and UNESCO norms adding that First Information Report should be filed against all the concerned government authorities for contempt of ASI and government norms regarding heritage, CRZ etc.
Letters have also been written to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Serafin Dias who later visited the spot and defused the tension mounting on the workers engaged in excavation work. Fr Dias also collected some old Chinese clay pottery pieces, plates and lintels that were lying at the excavation site.
He alleged that PWD architect has rejected the demand to stop the work saying unless some authorities issue a notice to stop the assigned job they will not halt the work. They alleged that trenches are being dug up to construct permanent sulabh shauchalaya.
A few days ago, activists had objected to platforms being constructed near Viceroy’s Arch for the water tanks for the visiting pilgrims. The same have been demolished by the contractor, who even apologised for the same, Fr Dias claimed.

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