Monday, 3 March 2014

Is Goa Archbishop Emiritus Dr.Raul N.Gonsalves too involved in selling Vanxim?

"For among my people are found wicked men, that lie in wait as Fowlers, setting snares and traps to catch men. As net is full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit: therefore are they became great and enriched. Prophets prophesied falsehood, and the priests clapped their hands: and my people loved such things: what then shall be done in the end therefore?"  Jeremiah 5: 25-26,31.

According to Joint Development Agreement of 11th August 2009 presented at the office of the sub-registrar, Panjim bearing serial number 2066 

First Party - (1) Mr.Mahendra Gaunekar, 44 years of age son of late Purushotam Gaunekar.
 (2) Gaunekar's wife Mrs. Sonali Mahendra Gaunekar, 36 years of age. The address given for them is 36, D-2, Altinho, Panjim. Both these are referred as First Party in the agreement full of legal jargon aimed at taking control of entire Vanxim Island measuring 180 acres of land including paddy fields belonging to Santa Monica Convent and cultivated by Vanxim and Mayem people.

Second Party - Ozone Leisure and Resorts Private Limited, a company incorporated under Companies Act, 1956 and having registration office at 38, Ulsoor Road, Bangalore - 560 042 by its authorized signatory Rajeev Choudhury, 51 years of age authorized by board resolution dated 10th June 2009. These are referred as Second Party.

Confirming Party No.1 - TUSCAN CONSULTANTS AND DEVELOPERS PRIVATE LIMITED, a company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956, and having its registered office at 70, Tuscan Centre, infantry road, Bangalore - 560001 represented by its Authorized signatory Mr.Rajiv Chowdury, son of Yogendra Pal Chwdhury, Age 51 years, residing at 405, wings, 16/1, Cambridge road, Bangalore & duly authorized wide Board resolution dated 21/7/2009, hereinafter referred as the "Confirming Party No.1"

Conforming Party No.2  - OZONE PROPEX PRIVATE LIMITED, a company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956, and having its registered office at 38, Ulsoor Road, Bangalore 560042, represented herein by its Authorised signatory Mr. S. Vasudevan, Aged 41 years old, son of V.Sathyamurthy, residing at G-2, Sona Palace, 34, Nonis Road, Richmond Town, Bangalore 560025, authorized wide Board Resolution dated 16.11.2004, herein after referred as the Confirming Party no.2.

What is going to be on ground in Vanxim according to this Joint Development Agreement?

Vanxim Island has been referred as Capao Island and its plans are divided in two phases.

Phase 1

A.1 Infrastructure
-retaining wall all round
-Filling with earth to required increased height
-Internal roads and drains
-Garbage handling system and sewage treatment plant
-Water desalination plant and water supply
-Generator back-up for 100% required power
-lighting on road and other areas
-Staff quarters
-Electrification & distribution
-Communication and Satellite TV equipment
-Golf Course with Golf club and/or related building(s)
-Misc other provisions and structures

-Construction of Villas
-Micro Landscaping
-Provision of Amenities

Phase - 2

-Construction of 5 Star Hotel of minimum 200 rooms & cottages. Mahendra Gaunekar and his wife Sonali is to have 16.7% share in this second phase. Which means they are going to be owners of this amount of share.

Besides current Archbishop Bamon Felipe Neri Ferrao infamous sale of 11th February 2006 of huge chuck of Vanxim this Joint Development Agreement exposes the earlier Archbishop Rt.Rev. Raul Gonsalves in selling Vanxim. According to this legal document the First Party (Mahendra Gaunekar and his wife Sonali) through the Agreement of sale dated 09/04/1999 with Patriarch of East Indies (Church) represented by Archbishop of Goa, Rt.Rev.Dr.Raul Nicolau Gonsalves, purchased the item no.1 of the Scheduled Property as provided herein above"

So here we have the clear picture that Archbishop Emiratus Dr.Raul Gonsalves started the sale of Vanxim in 9th April 1999 and was carried forward by his successor. That means he inaugurated the sale of Vanxim. This is truly disgusting. This points to the fact that entire Archbishop's house in Panjim is a well sustained headquarters of sin. Archbishop Gonsalves is not a bamon yet he sold Vanxim to Bamon Gaunekar without informing people of Vanxim. The Archbishop who is so known for his expertize over Cannon law can commit to descent to this level of hypocrisy?

Both the Archbishops of Goa have committed this awful act of selling Vanxim. Deeper readings of Joint Development Agreement is providing deeper insights that are totally unexpected in its contents. The entire Church leadership in Goa is following the foot steps of Judas Iscariot who sold Jesus for money and both Archbishops sold Vanxim for money. It is not known as to how much cash Archbishop Gonsalves accepted legally or otherwise to commit this regrettable act.

These conclusions are based on contents of the Joint development Agreement. Archbishop Dr.Raul N.Gonsalves has so far not denied his involvement, nor initiated any legal action against Mahendra Gaunekar, nor publicly protested to what is happening to Vanxim. He opted to be publicly silent. This means he is equally involved in Vanxim scandal as much as Archbishop Ferrao.

Consequences of Archbishops conducting themselves in these shameful manner are severe and long term that could change the face of Vanxim forever and the face of Goa too by handing over Goa to the control of Super rich of the world. 

The corporate advertizement on bornrich website says " The Ozone Group has purchased 156 acres of land on Capao Island located along the Mandovi River in Goa at a cost of Rs 200 crore to build this dream project. ”We are planning an extremely low-density, ultra-luxury residential-cum-hospitality development that would cost approximately Rs 1,000 crore,” said S Vasudevan, MD, Ozone Group. The plan features a 100 key resort, spa and 80-100 private villa residences with all amenities on 150 acres of Capao Island. The total island is about 180 acres of which a small part will continue to be inhabited by local residents. The first of its kind island development comprises of a hotel, luxury villas, and a private marina to dock yachts. The branded villa residences could sport a price tag of Rs 20 crore or more."

This report by Nandini Rathi begins with a very instructive introduction "The depreciating rupee hasn’t dampened the high spirits of India’s super rich. The cash rich Indians continue to spend on luxury living like never before. And luxury real estate continues to be one of the most popular indulgences of the nouveau rich and the growing middle class in the country. The luxury real estate developers are coming up with elite homes with state-of- art amenities to lure the upper class known for spending millions on palatial homes around the world, including London and Dubai. Now, Bangalore-headquartered Ozone Group developers have taken it up a notch with its island villas project to match the Palm Islands in Dubai."

It is truly shocking that Archbishops of Goa has attracted global shame to Goa. This is because principally it is the Archbishops who are responsible to hand over land to such a scandalous affair. 

Pastoral letters of Archbishop Dr.Raul N.Gonsalves criticizing luxury tourism, sub-committee report of Diocesan Pastoral council criticizing luxury tourism has been thrown out with moneyed winds and whims of Bamon Raj. It becomes tough, very tough indeed to judge as to who is more wicked than the other amongst two Archbishops. Both of them has betrayed the mulnivasi people of Goa. 

Archbishop Gonsalves has ended up doing the very thing he opposed for few decades of 1980s and 1990 till 1999 when protesting Archbishop was silenced - promoting luxury tourism of island of prosperity for the rich from around the world to the peril of Vanxim people. Yet for so long Archbishop Gonsalves's role in Vanxim remained hidden in details on the pages of Joint Development Agreement. In essence it is a joint destruction Agreement that needs to be fought tooth and nail and thrashed inside the can of worms, for them to feast upon.

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