The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit president Jose Philip D’Souza has asked the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) to come out clear on the 300 odd structures which are located at Khariwada coast to whom they have issued the final notices of demolition.
Addressing a press conference in Vasco on Wednesday, D’Souza disclosed that the MPT should first withdraw the case which was being filed by them in the court. It may be recalled that some of the structures out of the total 360 were razed to the ground, while the remaining were stayed some few years ago, following a petition filed by the MPT in court.
The MPT has recently signed a memorandum of understanding between the Goa government and fishing community members to construct a fishing harbour and so also allocating land for the fishing community members to construct a fishing jetty and also to create other essential facilities. “The fishing community members want the MPT to withdraw the petition which was filed in the court several years ago, before commencing the construction work of the fishing harbour”, said D’Souza and further informed that earlier the port authorities have ditched the fishing community members by giving assurance to protect their houses.
The NCP state unit president D’Souza also maintained that the Mormugao municipal authorities have not adopted any resolution so far to save the structures which are located along the Khariwada coast.
Speaking over the recent political development, D’Souza was of the opinion that alliance is the need of the hour between the secular forces. “The finalisation of alliance and seat sharing between the NCP, Congress, Goa Forward and United Goans party will be held as per the decision taken by the high command”, said D’Souza and opined that the NCP is ready to contest the forthcoming assembly election as per the decision of the party command.