Times of India | 5 days ago
Old Goa : In an effort to save heritage sites at Old Goa and its vicinity, hundreds of people organised a rally at St Cajetan Church on Sunday to protest a construction coming up on one such protected site near a monument. Protesters have threatened to intensify the agitation if the disputed structure is not demolished. âOld Goa has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It is also recognised by the Archaeological Survey of India. The church in Old Goa is an architectural masterpiece and attracts a large number of tourists,â historian Prajal Sakhardande said, alleging that the construction has the backing of politicians. âThe construction work at the heritage site of St Cajetan Church has no permissions. It must be demolished. Otherwise, we fear Unesco will take away Old Goaâs world heritage status,â he said. Protesters alleged that the construction of a bungalow has been undertaken by a fashion designer who is a BJP functionary in Mumbai and hence no action is being taken by the government. âThe people of Old Goa have been protesting, but the government is ignoring their demand,â Andrea Mascarenhas said, adding that the construction is nearing completion. She said if this illegal construction is encouraged, more such constructions would come up and the world heritage site would be destroyed. Among those present were wife of ex-speaker Vishnu Wagh, Aruna, AAPâs Pratima Coutinho and architect Dean DâCruz.