Civic body cracks down as Fatorda locals name roads after Jack de Sequeira, Bakibab Borkar

NT NETWORK

Margao

Locals of Fatorda on
Saturday, irked over decision taken by the local MLA to name the road between
Ravindra Bhavan and Arlem junction after former chief minister Manohar
Parrikar, installed boards with the names of Dr Jack de Sequeira and Padma Shri
Bakibab Borkar.

However, by afternoon,
the municipality removed the boards with the civic chairperson questioning how
locals could take such a decision on their own.

Fatorda locals decided
to name the stretch from the Colva circle to the Ravindra Bhavan after Dr Jack
de Sequeira while the road further from there to the Arlem junction after Padma
Shri Bakibab Borkar.

Joining the locals were
activists Dr Francisco Colaco, Fr Eremito Rebello, Dattaram Naik, Captain
Viriato Fernandes and Jose Miranda.

Addressing media persons
in the morning, Fernandes said the plan for naming of the street after Parrikar
was to appeal to a certain section of voters. “In the past he (Fatorda MLA
Vijai Sardesai) was going on about Dr Jack de Sequeira only for votes. Through
it he was appealing to one section of the community. Then he wanted to build
the kabrastan but left that halfway. Now, it is to name the road after Parrikar
to appeal to another section of voters. This is opportunistic politics,” he
alleged.

Other activists
highlighted that had it not been for the efforts of Dr Jack de Sequeira, “we
would not have had the state of Goa”, while others
pointed out that there was no connection between the life of Parrikar and the
area of Margao to take a decision to name the road after the ex-chief minister.

But by afternoon, locals
were surprised to see municipality workers removing the boards that were
installed. Margao Municipal Council (MMC) chairperson Pooja Naik in a statement
issued to the press said, “We have the highest regard for Padma Shri Bakibab
Borkar and all other icons of Goa. I fail to understand how a group of people
can simply come and name roads in Fatorda without following any process of law.
We are examining the matter. The new chief officer is likely to take charge on
Monday
and he will examine
the issue.”

She said that the action
of the group of individuals came at a time when the resolutions adopted by “a
group of BJP and Congress councillors have been challenged legally.”

These resolutions
include the naming of the road from Arlem circle to Ravindra Bhavan circle as
Manohar Parrikar road, erecting a statue of Dr Jack de Sequeira at the traffic
island at Ravindra Bhavan and the naming of the area around Hospicio hospital
as Padre Miranda Square along with four other resolutions.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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