OLD GOA: A master plan for the Old Goa village must be drawn by taking all the stakeholders into confidence, so that all the heritage sites, monuments and unprotected sites are well maintained and not destroyed by land mafia, otherwise the precious heritage of the state will be lost forever, stated the convenor of St Francis Xavier Exposition 2014 Fr Alfred Vaz.
“If the planning is done properly in accordance with the wish of the faithful, by taking the stakeholders into confidence, then it is going to be a perfect step,” added Fr Vaz
He stated that one should know how to maintain a heritage structure from inside and outside, by regulating the construction activities around, and at what distance the vehicles should be parked, so that it does not get polluted and damaged due to the vibrations like it has happened in other states.
The purpose of a master plan is to preserve and protect the place, create an ambience of heritage location and an atmosphere of a holy place, he said.
“No encroachments should come within the precincts of the place. They need to protect the core area. The protected area and regulatory area should be created. Necessary infrastructure should be put in place,” he added.
In my view, only the vehicles belonging to the residents, and service vehicles like police vehicles, ambulance, fire service vehicles besides emergency utility vehicles should be allowed through the road running between Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus, so that the ambience of the heritage spot is not disturbed, he said.
He felt that the buses – private as well as tourists, and other vehicles should be made to halt at the Bhakia property, or the government should acquire land at different places for creating parking facilities, and the people should walk down from there to the heritage sites or take a bicycle.
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