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A talathi attached to Mormugao mamlatdar office making an announcement on megaphone asking occupants to vacate their huts ahead of the demolition drive on Thursday.Pics by Sudesh Bhosle | NT

S Goa Collector chalks out plans for smooth conduct of Baina hutment demolitions today

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VASCO: The District Collector, South, Venancio Furtado, on Thursday held a meeting of top government officials in order to chalk out plans and also to explain the role of various government departments in handling the demolition drive of 74 hutments at Baina beach, which is scheduled on July 11.

With chances of occurrence of law and order problems during the demolition drive, the District Collector directed all the government agencies including the police to remain alert and ensure that no untoward incident takes place at the site.

The meeting was attended by additional collector, South-II, Damodar Morajkar, deputy collector (revenue) Surendra Naik, deputy collector and sub-divisional magistrate, Mormugao, Gauresh Shankhwalkar, Mormugao mamlatdar Laxmikant Desai, deputy superintendent of police, Vasco, Lawrence D’Souza besides officials from water resources department, Mormugao Municipal Council, electricity department, water supply, health, etc. The drive will begin at 8 a.m.

The occupants of the hutments had been issued eviction notices by the office of the deputy collector and sub-divisional magistrate. 

Meanwhile, a strong posse of police was deployed at Baina on Thursday with Mormugao mamlatdar Desai camping at the site. The talathis attached to the Mormugao mamlatdar office- Hanumant Mandrekar and Dattaram Korgaonkar were seen making announcements throughout the day on Thursday on megaphone asking the occupants to vacate their huts and seeking their cooperation in carrying out the demolition drive on July 11. 

Some citizens of Baina have welcomed the decision of razing down hutments by the south district administration that is expected to facilitate the proposed beautification of Baina beach, which is estimated to cost Rs 9 crore.

“It was an urgent need to have the shanties on the Baina beach cleared,” stated a local speaking on condition of anonymity, further alleging that the illegal hutments have spoiled the beauty of the beach. 

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