Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Police attempts to pressurize Sanjay Harmalkar failed



According to the information just received Bharat Mukti Morcha Diwar Convenor was today called at Coastal Security Police Station in connection with the joint complaint filed on 17 March 2016. Today morning police jeep came to Sanjay's residence in Diwar. Since he was not at home cops phoned and called him while he was near Panjim. Sanjay visited Coastal Security Police Station, Ribandar at around 11.00 am today. He was asked as to why the names of boat owners are not mentioned in the complaints. Sanjay replied that he is not aware of the names and it is the duty of the police to find out this information. Sanjay also told Police Inspector that extraction of sand has deepened the depth of Mandovi river and sides from Divar may cave in at any time if sand mining does not stop. Sanjay Harmalkar also told police that nexus of illegal sand mining is not restricted only to Old Goa Police station that but also to head office as on several occasions when he dialed 100 there was no response from the police. This is very serious issue. Police has to act. We share with you copy of our complaint based on which Coastal Police has acted to pressurize Sanjay Harmalkar.


Date:17th March 2016

                           1
To,
The Chief Secretary,
Government of Goa,
Porvorim, Goa
                           2
To,
Secretary (Mines)
Secretariat,
Porvorim, Goa
                            3
To,
Secretary (Environment)
Government of Goa,
Secretariat,
Porvorim, Goa
                           4
To,
Secretary (Fisheries)
Government of Goa,
Secretariat,
Porvorim, Goa
                            5
To,
The Director-General of Police (DGP)
Police Headquarters,
Panjim, Goa
                            6
To,
The Director,
Department of Mines and Geology,
Panjim, Goa
                            7
To,
The Superintendent of Police (North Goa)
Porvorim, Goa
                             8
To,
The Police Inspector,
Coastal Police Security,
Ribandar, Goa



Subject: Continues Illegal Sand mining in Mandovi river



Dear Madam/Sir,



We once again urge you to act against illegal sand mining currently ongoing in Mandovi river at different places. We specifically call for your intervention to stop illegal sand mining extraction in Mandovi river between Diwar and Vanxim. We had written to you earlier on 18th May 2015. The river bed here is getting badly affected and we anticipate that it will have adverse effect on marine ecology. Besides the telephone cable and public water pipeline to Vanxim Island is affected due to sand mining and water pipeline may burst in the river and telephone cables cut through. Both these are necessity and not a luxury to the people of Vanxim as it is an island.



The Konkan Railway Bridge at Malar may be weakened and even collapse in near future as the sand extraction is being carried on in its close proximity. This will lead to disruption of rail traffic in konkan region. 



Sand mining is affecting fishing as river bed is constantly dug and will ultimately leading to changing of shape of river bed from ‘U’ shape to ‘V’ shape.



Please act to stop sand mining extraction in Mandovi River with immediate effect.



Yours sincerely,




          Sd/-

Maggie Silveira

President, Goa Unit





           Sd/-

Sanjay Harmalkar

Convener, Diwar Unit





         Sd/-

Rohidas Andrade

Convener, Bambolim Unit





         Sd/-

Sanjay Pereira

Convener, Cacra Unit

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