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IMPACT | Village in Goa Gets Road After News of Elections Boycott Made Headlines


Villagers from the Marlem village in Goa's Cotigao wildlife sanctuary boycotted the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as their demand for a road that runs through their village remain unfulfilled for the longest time. At that time, the news of boycott made headlines across Goa and even nationwide. 

Our Community Correspondent from the region Devidas Gaonkar had reported on the matter before and was working to create an impact. He collaborated with the District Collector to sort this issue out at the earliest. However, due to the provisions in the Forest Act the matter was complicated. 

Taking advantage of some relaxations in the Forest Act and the help of local ex-MLA and Deputy Speaker Isidore Fernandes, road construction began. Today, the residents are happy that they have an all-weather road which they can use in any season of the year.  

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