Margao: Thousands of locals and tourists turned up for the Margao Carnival float and parade that was after much deliberation held along the Fatorda route. Police and district administration were also present in full force to oversee the smooth flow of the Carnival floats.
Despite being in favour of the Margao route, both deputy chief ministers Manohar Babu Azgaonkar and Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar flagged off the parade along the Fatorda route on Sunday afternoon along with ex MLA Subash Faldessai, MMC’s Carnival Committee chairman Arthur D’Silva, MMC chief officer Ajit Panchwadkar and MMC councillors.
A strong police force along with district administration officials including Salcete mamlatdars were also present along the Carnival route that was flagged off at the Colva circle and proceeded towards the Fatorda stadium. Floats were then diverted along the eastern bypass from Arlem circle.
When questioned about the tourism minister’s presence for the event despite the code of conduct being in force, Azgaonkar after flagging off the parade stated that he was aware of the code but said that no speeches were made and that there was nothing wrong with attending the festival.
On Saturday, the Carnival route along the Margao road near the municipality was turned down and instead it was decided to be held in Fatorda by
South Goa district collector Ajit Roy after a series of meetings with the SP, DySP and MMC chief officer, following a High Court order.
Roy said the decision to hold the Carnival float parade along the Fatorda route was taken for the sake of
administrative convenience and public safety. The High Court had asked the district administration to apply its mind and take an appropriate decision on the Carnival float parade route.
Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai on Sunday also took the opportunity to raise his objection
and questioned the state government on its intentions.