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83 communidade land encroachment cases ‘pending’ for last 2 years

ROQUE  DIAS |NT  

Margao

In all 83 cases of communidade land encroachments are pending  before the South Goa Communidade  Administrator’s office since  the year 2018.

Sources informed that the government  does not have the details of the  lands that are encroached upon, including the areas  illegally held, and this has  slowed the process of taking action against the encroachers.

The Revenue Department has  issued them with the notices under  Article 371 (2) read with  Articles 372  of the Code of Communidade, but  no hearing held for the last two years.   

As per the available information, of the total 83 pending cases, most are in Canacona taluka.  Salcete has  in all 23 encroachers on communidade land, while Quepem taluka stand third in the list.  Sancoale of Mormugao taluka has five encroachments.

A complaint  filed by the  then  Canacona mamlatdar  with the South Goa Communidade  Administrator  against  several encroachers, also seem to be gathering dust.

The silver lining,  however, is that cognizance and  action has been initiated in a complaint filed by   Narayan Naik on March 3, 2020.

Naik, who has pointed out encroachment, had  forwarded the complaint to the  South Goa Collector, who later forwarded it to the South Goa  Communidade Administrator directing to inspect the site and report back. 

It is learnt that the escrivao of the  Sancoale communidade has submitted the inspection report on  July 7 for  further action.

When contacted, South Goa Communidade Administrator, Vishal  Kundaikar, said that he will study the cases and would try his best to speed up hearing of these cases.

“I have recently taken over the charge (as South Goa administrator).  I will  recall the files and study the matter, and try to hear the cases speedily,” he promised.

Sources, however,  disclosed that nearly 20 structures in  Sirvoi communidade have been  demolished in the last 2 years.

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