The villagers of St Andre and St Cruz, while welcoming the announcement made by the TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai about the exclusion of the villages from the Greater Panaji Planning and Development Authority (GPPDA), said that it would have been better if the announcement had to be made by the TCP
Convenor of Goenkars Against PDA, Arturo D’Souza, while speaking to this daily, said that the TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai was speaking on behalf of the TCP board, and added that they are not very happy as the Minister said that ‘the formal decision on the same will be taken on
D’Souza said all the stakeholders held a meeting on Saturday at Taleigao, and decided to hold a meeting on April 2 to decide on whether to go ahead with the April 6 agitation or not.
Decision on the agitation will be announced on April 3, he said and added that Goenkars Against PDA is doubtful as to whether the TCP Minister will stick to his words or take a U-turn.
Commenting on the Regional Plan, he said that the Goenkars Against PDA will find out whether the changes are being done in the plan as per the assurances given to the people or whether it is the same plan which was rejected by the people earlier (2012).
On Saturday morning, while succumbing to the demand from the St Andre and St Cruz villagers, the TCP Minister said that in order to protect the Goenkarponn, the villages, which were included in the Greater Panaji Planning and Development Authority, are being
Meanwhile, the Chimbel villagers said that the Minister has kept the villagers on tenterhooks by saying that the formal decision would be taken on April 9.
They said, “Sometimes he talks about Taleigao, sometimes he speaks about Kadamba plateau, so on and so forth, and he is negotiating piecemeal and this is not acceptable to the villagers.”
They said that the Minister is trying to pacify the people as the agitation is being intensified.