Scrap construction near heritage site at Old Goa: Lobo

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Scrap construction near heritage site at Old Goa: Lobo

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Panaji/Calangute: Minister for ports Michael Lobo on Thursday said that as chief minister Pramod Sawant was busy with BJP national president J P Nadda’s Goa visit on Thursday, he would be meeting him on Friday with a request to take action against the construction coming up in the heritage area of Old Goa within 48 hours. “It is sad to see that people are going on a hunger strike to protest against this construction by an influential person and to save a heritage area. People are agitated about this all over Goa. If a call is given then lakhs of people will come to support this agitation,” he said. Lobo said the chief minister must inspect the site or send oficials to do so and verify the documents. There is illegality and the structure has to be demolished as it is spoiling the sanctity of the place, he said. He expressed confidence that the chief minister would stop the construction of a bungalow by revoking the town and country planning department permission and demolish the structure immediately. Lobo was to meet the chief minister on Thursday. Speaking at the opening of a renovated chapel at Arpora, Lobo if the chief minister does not take a decision against the construction within 48 hours, then the people of Goa will take a decision. “We are here to protect all religions. Somebody cannot just come and do anything they want in a religious place which is marked as heritage zone. Old Goa is a heritage area and has been preserved by past generations for more than 400 years. We need to preserve it for future generations also,” he said. “It is a call which is coming from 'Goencho Saib' to come and save this blessed place. We have to do what has to be done,” he said.