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Minister Churchill Alemao is backing the project

700-apartment project coming up in Carmona, a village in South Goa

‘Politicians are not interested in the development of the village'

Panaji: Goan environmental activists have extended support to residents of Carmona oppose a mega 700-apartment township project coming up in the village of south Goa, nearly 50 km from here, fearing the project, among other problems, would drastically change the demographic profile of the serene village.

Ripple effect

The project of K. Rahejas that is being opposed by village groups for quite some time, has recently found the backing of Minister for Public Works Churchill Alemao, a prominent south Goa Congress leader. Mr. Alemao is now facing the ire of the activists and village groups for his stand.

The groups have alleged violations of Coastal Regulation Zone norms by the promoters of the project.

Expressing solidarity with Carmona village residents in their battle against the project, village groups from across Goa warned the politicians not to push the mega housing projects against the will of the people without taking the infrastructural requirements into considerations.

Representatives of village groups and local village residents assembled in the village on Sunday evening and expressed their opposition to the housing project, saying the project would only outnumber the local population.

They raised apprehensions over the laying of a pipeline by the Mumbai-based builder inside the property connecting River Sal. Villagers are agitated that majority of village panchayat members have failed to back their opposition.

Colva Civic and Consumer Forum Convener Judith Almeida has alleged that politicians are not interested in the village development. The village is home to around 500 houses.