Monday, 4 January 2016

Press Release on Vanxim

Date: 04th January 2016

Bharat Mukti Morcha has noted yet another U – turn taken in its policies by the current ruling BPJ Government. Media reports on January 01, 2016 informed public about Goa Government’s decision to declare Vanxim Island in Mandovi river as ‘Investment Promotion Area’ in order to facilitate setting up of 5 Star Hotel and villas by Ozone Corporate. This is a complete U-turn of the current BJP government that had vowed to defend and protect Goa’s Coast.  Here are extracts of the letter of then Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar dated 16th April 2014 addressed to the then Indian Minister of Environment and Forest Dr.M.Veerappa Moily:

“The State is blessed with seven rivers and covers length of 253 kms. Approximately. The state is committed to conserve its natural heritage by regulating development around the rivers; and hence has subjected the areas around rivers under the Coastal Zone Regulation with No development Zone’s of 100 meters from the bank of the rivers on all sides; thereby imposing serious land use restriction.” “The State’s Coastal areas are full of Mangroves and khazan land and development around mangroves and on khazan land is banned by the State Government as voluntary measure to protect the ecological heritage of the State and to maintain ecological balance in the State.” “Also 40 % of the land is under agriculture which the government has decided not to be diverted.”

Its clear from the circumstances that layers of corruption has gone into Vanxim land scam involving people at very high level and there is need for investigating it completely before venturing into any Ozone related activities in Vanxim. Bharat Mukti Morcha calls for CBI probe into all the layers of corruption involved as desired by Fr. Bismarque Dias which was his dream. This is must, that it be put into action with immediate effect as frauds after frauds are being developed by Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao, Mahendra Gaunekar, Ozone corporate, Investment Promotion Board, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar to have a go for Vanxim. Lies have speed but Truth has stamina. Bharat Mukti Morcha stands for Truth with stamina and overtakes lies, and now calls for CBI probe on below counts:

1.    Whereabouts of black money generated through sale of Vanxim to Mahendra Gaunekar by Diocesan Procurator Fr. Arlino D’mello on behalf of Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao at the rate of 6 rupees and 20 rupees violating Civil law regulating tenancy as well as Cannon Law regulating Church properties. People of Goa has a duty as well as right to know as to the depth of these underground operations taking place in Bishop’s House in Panjim. Vanxim people intending to purchase the land are told to pay at the rate of Rs.1350/- per square meter while Vanxim land was sold to Gaunekar at the rate of Rs. 6/- and Rs. 20/-.
2.    Probe into role of Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar, his secretary and his wife who is reported as Deputy General Manager of Ozone corporate.

3.    Probe the corruption involving current Chief Minister of Goa Parsekar, Tourism Minister Parulekar and Cumbharjua MLA Pandurang Mandkaikar with their links with Ozone corporate and attempted cover ups of frauds involved. The local MLA Madkaikar gave 1000 rupees each and took 5 buses of people to the TCP office in support of Ozone corporate. To make up for the crowd even migrant labourers were roped in.

4.    Probe into role of Deputy Collectors at Panjim office who entertained ‘Condonation of delay’ applications and passed orders in favour of Ozone corporate even though Deputy Collector has no powers to do so. Two of these deputy collectors against whom CBI probe is a must are Sabhaji Shetye whose current posting is in Vasco and Sanjeev Desai who has been rewarded with posting as Director of Tourism.

It’s complete fraud that the investment promotion board has decided to convert survey area measuring 82,295 square meters into settlement zone by claiming it as orchard land. 34,115 square meters that IPB recommended to convert into settlement zone is within 100 meters from Mandovi coast and fit as No Development Zone. This is recorded on notified Regional Plan 2021 as eco sensitive area with mangroves bordering Mandovi River. By bypassing the actual mentioned above can the Investment Promotion Board fool the people of Vanxim and the people of Goa by declaring it as Investment Promotion Area? That too when the Regional Plan is out for the Public to object by overturning its objections to TCP Investment Promotion Board comes into existence from nowhere.

The Defense Minister Parrikar and the Chief Minister Parsekar must know that people are highly educated to understand what frauds both of them are into and People of Vanxim and People of Goa have understood it fully to what extend the BJP Government is fighting tooth and nail to facilitate the corporate at Vanxim including those on Investment Promotion Board. It is a misery to have such people going so much low in their educational values for want of frauds, manipulations and ecological violations. They act as if they are worse than opened mouthed hungry crocodiles.

Our children when they question us about Vanxim we will have to give them correct answers by saying we had defense minister Parrikar and Chief Minister Parsekar plus the investment promotion Board who changed the rules and laws according to their empty plates so that corporate could fill their plates and forcefully with high level of frauds and misery enacted Investment Promotion Act 2014 so that Vanxim could help the BJP financially to meet the expense of forthcoming elections.

        Sd/-
Maggie Silveira

President

Press Release on Traditional Fishermen of Goa

Date: 04th January 2016



Bharat Mukti Morcha takes strong objections to the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s comments on traditional fishermen of Zuari River. Two days ago while on Goa visit Nitin Gadkari advised Government publicly to rent out one trawler for four fishermen so that they can carry on fishing 12 nautical miles into Arabian Sea. This he said because traditional fishermen has been involved in protest against Marinas in Zuari for over past 5 years at Sancoale and Nauxim-Bambolim.

Bharat Mukti Morcha rejects this advice of Nitin Gadkari. Mr. Gadkari advise has not originated from any concern for traditional fishermen of Goa but out of concern for marinas and luxury tourism. Gadkari’s advise is a great insult to the traditional fishermen from Zuari coast. Gadkari is not neither aware of what the traditional fishing is nor what the trawling is and the difference between the two. Further Gadkari’s comments have origin in greed of the luxury tourism. For greed even the entire planet is not enough. If the luxury hotels on the Zuari coast are not able to carry on then they must close down and hand over the land to the people of Nauxim and Bambolim for whom it originally and rightfully belongs. Bharat Mukti Morcha advises Mr. Nitin Gadkari not to engage in such free advice to the Fishermen of Zuari Coast. If Marinas does not come up in Zuari river fishermen should not be held responsible. The culprit is Murmagoa Port Trust (MPT) who has ignored fishermen totally in both the October 2010 Lease agreements on Marinas signed with Kargwal Constructions, Mumbai and another one with Yatch Heavens owned by Chowgules known for ecological destruction of Goa.

Mr.Gadkari looks at fishermen of Zuari River as the last hurdle for Marinas after getting rid of Alina Saldanha as Environment Minister and Nitin Sawant as member of State Bio-diversity board. What is most surprising is that no Fisherman has ever approached Nitin Gadkari to seek advice on how they should be conducting their fishing and where. Mr.Gadkari must stop interfering with traditional fishermen of Goa. Bharat Mukti Morcha will continue to strongly defend traditional fishermen. Trawling and mini per seining are technologically driven yet ecologically unsustainable ways of fishing and Bharat Mukti Morcha has already filed objections on behalf of traditional fishermen in this regard and accepted by Goa government.

      Sd/-
Maggie Silveira


President

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Vanxim objections for 5 star hotel



                                                                                                28th December 2015

To,
The Chief Town Planner,
TCP office, Panjim, Goa

Subject: RP-2021 Objections: Survey nos. 8/1, 8/2, 8/3, 8/4, of Capao as Settlement Zone and calls for designating the same as Khazan Land.

Sir,

1:- The status quo should be maintained with regard to existing road in Capao. We object proposed 10 meters road in RP-2021 in Capao. Maximum width of the roads in Capao must not exceed 06 meters.

2:- Sao Mathias, Malar, Narva and Capao village Panchayat resolution dated 15/4/2009 categorically mentions that entire Capao has a status of eco zone I. The Panchayat also supported the khazan land. Therefore TCP has no right to change survey number 8 into settlement zone for Hotel/Resort only. This survey numbers 8/1, 8/2, 8/3, 8/4, is a low lying area with biologically active mudflats, Khazan land, traditional bunds and full of Mangroves. It is low lying area that comes within CRZ I jurisdictions and currently covered with flowing tidal water from Mandovi as Capao is an island in Mandovi River.

3:-We further object settlement zone status for survey numbers 8 at Capao in notified RP-2021 as it is done to take over land for hotels, golf course, casino, luxury villas, helipad, private marinas, and recreational clubs as per records available in Joint Development Agreement dated 11/08/2009 registered at the office of Sub-registrar of Ilhas at Panjim between 1) Mr. Mahendra Gaunekar 2) Mrs. Sonali Mahendra Gaunekar and Ozone Leisure and Resorts Private Limited, Bangalore and Tuscan Consultants and Developers Private Limited, Bangalore, and  Ozone Propex Private Limited, Bangalore. We object Settlement zone in Capao survey nos. 8/1, 8/2, 8/3, 8/4 and calls for Khazan Land Designation.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,

Maggie Silveira (President)

Enclosed: Survey plans and Forms I&XIV.

Zuari River near Bambolim a settleemnt zone: BMM objects


                                                                                                   29th December 2015

To,
The Chief Town Planner,
TCP office, Panjim, Goa

Subject: RP-2021 Objections: Survey no. 12/1 of Bambolim, Tiswadi as Settlement Zone and calls for designating as No Development Zone.

Sir,

We Object Survey No. 12/1 of Bambolim village being designated as settlement Zone. On the notified plan it is visible that part of Zuari River has also been notified as Settlement Zone. We call for designating survey number 12/1 as No Development Zone. 

Further portion of Zuari River adjacent to survey number 12/1 be changed into River.
Thanking you,
Yours Sincerely,


Rohidas Andrade
Convener
Bambolim Unit

Zuari Fishing rights violations: Call to install permanent 24 hour patrolling vessel



Date: 28th December 2015

To,
Mr. A. Monsorrate,
The Member of Legislative Assembly,
Santa Cruz Constituency, Goa

To,
Mrs. Jenifer Monsorrate,
The Member of Legislative Assembly,
Taleigao Constituency,
Goa

To,
Vishnu Surya Wagh,
The Member of Legislative Assembly,
St. Andre Constituency,
Goa

To,
The Sarpanch,
Taleigao village Panchayat,
Taleigao, Goa

To,
The Sarpanch,
Santa Cruz Village Panchayat,
Santa Cruz, Goa

To,
The Sarpanch,
Curca-Bambolim-Nauxim Panchayat,
Bambolim, Goa

To,
The Sarpanch,
Siridao village Panchayat,
Siridao, Goa

To,
The Sarpanch,
Agacaim village Panchayat,
Agacaim, Goa


Subject: Continues illegal fishing in Zuari River and call to install permanent 24 hour patrolling vessel

Dear Madam/Sir,

We wish to bring to your attention continues fishing rights violations in Zuari. Fisheries department has been totally ineffective in curbing this. The problem is that the kind of fishing that is going on in Zuari in form of mechanized trawler fishing and mini per seining are not only illegal but also ecologically dangerous. Police as well as Fisheries department has proved to be ineffective to curb illegal fishing. This is very surprising to us. Here we share the latest data of illegal fishing in Zuari. We write to you as in past. We thank you for your past intervention in defense of  traditional fishermen in Zuari river and we once again call upon you to speak out and act.
Here are the latest instances of violations of fishing rights caused by Trawlers and Mini per seining:

Date with Time
Nature of Fishing Rights Violations in Zuari
24/12/2015 at .30 pm
Two trawlers carried on illegal fishing in Zuari very close to Cacra-Odxel Coast. Harbour Police contacted.
18/12/2015 at 4 am
4 mini per seining boats carried on illegal fishing.
17/12/2015 at 6.00 am
4 mini per seining boats carried on illegal fishing.
21/12/2015 at 4.00 am
4 mini per seining carried on illegal fishing
20/12/2015 at 4.30 am
4 mini per seining carried on illegal fishing
20/12/2015 at 5.00 am
3 trawlers carried on illegal fishing
27/12/2015 at 7. 45 am
15 mini per seining carried on illegal fishing
27/12/2015 at 9.00 am
15 trawlers carried on illegal fishing within 200 meters of Siridao-Odxel Coast. Harbour Police contacted. Replied that someone has committed suicide at Borim. Police Boat has gone to get the dead body out. Police has only one Patrol Boat. It is not sufficient.

We call upon installing permanent fishing patrol Boat in Zuari to solve this problem. Happy New Year 2016 and hope that fishing rights violations will not be carried on in the New Year.
Thank you.
Anticipating your action,
Yours Sincerely,


Maggie Silveira
President,
Goa State Unit


Sanjay Pereira
Convener,
Cacra unit


Rohidas Andrade
Convener,
Bambolim unit


Soccoro Braganza
Convener,
Siridao Unit

Anthony Cardozo
Convener,
Curca Unit


Sitaram Pereira
Convener,
Odxel Unit


Milind Palkar
Convener,
Nauxi unit


Chandrakant Lotlikar
Secretary, Bharat Mukti Morcha,
Siridao Unit

Hanuman Dias
Co-convenor
Odxel Unit


Honu Dinkar,
Co-convener,
Odxel Unit


Deu Kankonkar
Secretary,
Nauxi Unit


Bikaro Dias
Co-convener,
Odxel Unit


Yeshwant Shirodkar,
Co-convener,
Odxel Unit


Manguesh Sawant,
Co-convener,
Odxel unit


Amir Mardolkar,
Co-convener,
Nauxim Unit


Francis Coelho,
Co-convener,
Nauxim Unit


Dulba Pereira,
Co-convener,
Cacra Unit


Santosh Gauns,
Co-convener,
Cacra Unit


Sheila D’mello,
Co-convener
Cacra Unit

Santosh Kukalkar,
Co-convener
Cacra unit




Copy to   (1) Minister of Fisheries, Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa
                 (2) Secretary (Fisheries), Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa
                 (3) Director of Fisheries, Panjim, Goa
                 (4) Chief Secretary, Secretariate, Porvorim, Goa