GOA: The president of Save Old Goa Action Committee Fatima Pereira stated that the committee has a specific plan to preserve and protect the global heritage sites, state-protected spots besides unprotected sites in the village of Old Goa.
Speaking to this daily, Pereira along with secretary John V Carvalho and coordinator Peter Viegas and others stated that “Save Old Goa Action Committee on behalf of the lovers of Goencho Saib urge the state government to immediately initiate steps to save Old Goa village as it is being swallowed by the sharks in the form of builders and politicians and they have bought huge lands in and around the village, which falls under protected area.”
She informed that they have written several letters to several authorities highlighting the encroachments and their demands, and want to have joint inspection of the heritage sites with all the concerned authorities.
The committee demands that in exercise of the powers conferred by Rule 32 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Rules, 1959, the heritage sites should be protected on the lines of those preserved and protected at Fatehpur Sikri, Mallapuram, Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh; Sher Shah Zaffer’s tomb, Sasaram, Bihar; Rock Edict of Ashoka, Kopbal, district Raichur, Karnataka; Fort Wall, Bijapur, Karnataka; Gomteshwara statue at Sravanabelagola, district Hassan, Karnataka; Elephanta Cave, Gharapuri, Kolaba in Maharashtra.
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