TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai has agreed to intervene and thwart the 2,600-unit housing project in Cuncolim after locals objected and issued a memorandum to him. He said that he will take up the issue of the project currently being executed by GSUDA under a central government scheme with the Urban Development Minister Milind Naik.
Speaking to media persons in Margao, Sardesai, whom Cuncolim Goa Forward leaders Joaquim Alemao and son Yuri Alemao met, said that if people are against the project, it will not be taken up.
“I have spoken to the Urban Development Minister and will hold a meeting with him. The main concern is that of a change in demography. If the entire look of the village changes then I will see that the project will not be taken up in the village,” he said.
Villagers said that the project would be a burden on the natural resources of the village and will cause an imbalance in the population. The proposed housing project is being undertaken under a central government scheme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and is located near the Cuncolim Industrial Estate.
“We, the residents of Cuncolim are already choked with industrial pollution. The proposed housing project of 2,600 houses will change the entire demography of the village. This may even lead to disturbance of peace and tranquillity in the village,” it stated in the memorandum submitted to the minister which was signed by 68 residents.
Meanwhile, Cuncolim MLA Clafacio Dias and Cuncolim Municipal Council (CMC) chairperson Lavita Mascarenhas along with councillors visited the site of the proposed housing project. Speaking after the inspection, Dias said, “I was surprised to read about the housing project as I was not aware of it. I don’t know who is behind this confusion but I will seek a proper investigation.”
Mascarenhas also confirmed that there was no proposal received by the municipality for the housing project, but assured that if it did come to the municipality, it would not be approved as villagers are against it.