GOA : Two more clubs have joined the chorus against any development being taken up in the open space at Cuncehlim, presently being used as a playground. Office-bearers of the clubs have demanded that the Mapusa Municipal Council revoke any provisional NOC issued to the comunidade of Cunchelim to carry out work in this open space.“The high court has encouraged the use of open spaces as playgrounds, stating that cities are becoming concrete jungles with no places to relax or play. The municipality should play a protective role in maintaining green spaces in its jurisdiction,” the representation, which was also presented to Mapusa MLA Joshua D’Souza, stated.
For months now, sports enthusiasts residing in and around Mapusa have been fighting to retain the open space in Cunchelim, stating that this is the only such space left in the town and surrounding area for sports and recreational activities.The two clubs – Cunchelim Football Sports Club and Sai Baba Cricket Club have alleged that the communidade of Cunchelim has illegally sub-divided the plots in the open playground.In the representation to the MMC, advisor of the Cuncelim sports club and ex vice-president of the Goa Football Association Francis Fernandes has said, “We strongly object to the use of the property for commercial purpose or any other purpose other than to play football or games.
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