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Calangute villagers step up heat on VP over illegal road

CALANGUTE: Calangute villagers on Tuesday threatened to take law in their hands over the issue of a road, which they claimed has been constructed illegally at Baga beach and demanded restoration of the beach within two days.

A memorandum in this regard was submitted. On Tuesday, a large number of villagers gathered near the statue of Jack de Sequeira and carried out a rally raising slogans against the panchayat for failure on acting against the illegal road.

CCF president Premanand Divkar said that enough time was given to the panchayat to act against the illegal road and restore the beach, but in vain.

He further said that “GCZMA had carried out an inspection of the site based on our complaint and no permission was taken from this office for the work.  The road is 50 metres from the high tide line and a threat to the ecology.”

After meeting the sarpanch, Divkar told this daily that the sarpanch has assured that the road would be removed within two days and the area resorted to its original condition. Sarpanch Shawn Martins, when contacted, said that the villagers have been assured that the work of removing mud will start at the earliest and the beach will be restored to its original state.

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