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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mission Bypass enters 15th day

Citizens from Rivon, Sanguem, Tilamol, Quepem, Curchorem and Sanvordem hold rally

CURCHOREM: The Mission Bypass movement entered 15th day on Saturday with protest against the government failure to create required mining corridor for transportation of ore.
Citizens from Rivon, Sanguem, Tilamol, Quepem, Curchorem and Sanvordem held a rally Saturday by shouting slogan “Vikas naka high class, poile korat bypass” (Do not want development of high class, build Bypass first). The rally culminated at KTC bus stand after wending its way through the Curchorem market via railway station.
Addressing the people at the end of the rally, Mission Bypass Convenor Pradip Kakodkar demanded the basic rights of clean environment and clear way to the people.
“We know that doing business is also a basic right of the citizen and we are not against anybody’s business but the Constitution (of India) has not given right to anybody to put basic rights of other citizens under the feet while carrying on business,” said Kakodkar.
Stating that their demand for a clean environment and a bypass is not a new one, he said that the people in the area have been demanding the same, as “so many lives are lost on the roads, countless disabled, marriages missed.”
Keeping in mind the financial constraints of the government, Kakodkar said, “The people are not demanding construction of a bypass road with public money, but with funds from the mining companies and contractors as they are the main beneficiaries of this road. But if the government wants to construct the road with public fund, it can collect toll and recover the amount within three years.”
He informed that agitation would continue till their demands are met.
Quepem civic chief Filu D’Costa, Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council dy chief Prashilla Naik, Councillor Aparna Prabhu Dessai also attended the rally.

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