Seven Illegal structures of Mobrar Fisheries, spread across 7,500 square metres of land along the banks of the River Sal at Mobor, are facing demolition as the promoter has lost a legal battle against the village panchayat.
Additional director of panchayats has ordered demolition of seven illegal structures and the Cavelossim village panchayat will now be serving a demolition notice to the promoter after it failed to remove the illegal structures in a given time period of 30 days.
Speaking to this daily, deputy sarpanch Laju Miranda said the village panchayat had initiated action against Mobrar Fisheries following complaints from the villagers, however, the promoters approached the court of the additional director of panchayats, which has upheld the action initiated by the panchayat.
He said that the court has given directions that the illegal structures spread across 7,500 square metres of land at Mobor along the banks of River Sal should be demolished within 30 days, and directed the village panchayat to remove the same if the promoters failed to do so.
He said that the promoter has failed to remove the illegal structures which has now prompted the village panchayat to serve demolition notice as per the directions of the court.
The Mobrar Fisheries, which has been operating since 1978, had taken the land on lease for construction of office premises, construction of tanks for processing and storing fish and construction of sheds for labourers to stay. However, after the expiry of the five-year term, the lease was further renewed for two additional terms of five years, and after that despite several attempts by the land owners to evict the promoter, the operations continued.
A source close to Mobrar Fisheries, requesting not to be named, pointed out that the fisheries has been operating for the last 45 years and there have been attempts to evict them from the place and sell the land to a Delhi-based party.
He admitted that there were some illegal structures, which have already been dismantled, however, ruled out that the demolition of illegal structures will have any bearing on the functioning of the fisheries.
The fisheries has been drawing a lot of negative publicity with villagers alleging that it is operating illegally and is directly responsible for discharging fibre dust into the river besides not maintaining sanitation facility for the workers.
It may be recalled that the panchayat had issued a show cause notice in February 2015 after conducting a joint inspection of the site wherein construction of 14 illegal huts and illegal tapping of high voltage electrical overhead cable was found.
However, while responding to the show cause notice, promoters of the fisheries hit back saying that the structures were legal and the panchayat was acting at the instance of the owner, however, the court directed the Salcete BDO to prepare the sketch of the plot and found seven structures to be illegal and directed the same to be demolished.