Ports Minister and Calangute MLA Micheal Lobo on Thursday, November 25, supported the agitation against the illegal bungalow construction behind the heritage site at Old Goa and threatens a protest against Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
"I request Chief Minister to stop the construction work within 48 hours or else four lakh people will march from Old Goa to bring that construction down," Lobo said while speaking in an opening ceremony of a renovated chapel at Arpora.
Lobo said that the heritage site is a place of worship for million of people from all over the world.
"The heritage site is not only a place of worship for one religion but also a place of worship for millions of people of different faiths in the country and abroad, so legal action must be taken against the officials who have been licensed to construct the controversial building in the no-development zone."
Lobo assured people that he will meet Chief Minister and request him to revoke builder's permission and to demolish the structure.
The structure has been built in protected area under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958
On Sunday, Activists and members of the Save Old Goa Action Committee (SOGAC) along with around 1,500 people were present at the protest against the illegal construction behind the UNESCO World heritage Site at Old Goa.
On Wednesday, about seven to eight people went without food from 8 am to 6 pm on Wednesday to oppose the allegedly illegal construction. They sat outside the Bascilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa’s most popular monument, holding placards.
The bungalow is being constructed in Ella village in the Tiswadi taluka. A part of the land was sold to Mumbai-based developer Manish Munot, the husband of BJP spokesperson Shaina NC, in 2015.