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Pvt co has no right to stop public: MMC chief on Dev Damodar Trust land parking

Vasco: Coming down heavily on the private company staff for not allowing members of public to park their vehicles on the land that was earlier leased out to Dev Damodar Trust but was recently taken back by state government, the Chairperson of Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) Deepak Naik on Monday reiterated that the private company has no right to stop public from parking their vehicles on the said land, which is now a public property.

“The Dev Damodar Trust land was initially owned by Mormugao Municipal Council and was acquired and leased out to Dev Damodar Trust for 30 years by state government for the purpose of construction of an auditorium. Now, since the state government revoked the memorandum of lease and Mormugao Mamlatdar took possession of the property, the private company has no right to refrain members of public from entering this public property or park their vehicles at this prime land admeasuring 3964 square metres which is located right in the heart of the town,” Naik said.

“Also we have placed orders for eight new vehicles including garbage trucks; compactors etc. and currently, we have around 18 vehicles. Now, since we don’t have parking facility for our existing vehicles and as the land is currently in possession of Mormugao Mamlatdar, we have formally written a letter to him with a request to allow Mormugao Municipal Council to use this land as temporary parking facility for municipal vehicles,” he informed.

Mormugao Municipal Council Chief Officer Agnelo Fernandes said, “We have been facing severe problems as we do not have enough parking facility for our municipal vehicles. Many of these vehicles are seen haphazardly parked and since new vehicles are going to be a part of the fleet, our worries will be doubled. If we get Dev Damodar Trust land then we can park our municipal vehicles and that is why we have made formal request before the Mormugao Mamlatdar,” Fernandes added. [H]

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