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Panaji : The residents of Chimbel under the banner of ‘Mount Carmel Conservation Association of Chimbel objected to the plans of the Provedoria to begin construction of a new block over the state protected ruins of the Church and Convent of Mount Carmel.
The press note informed that the Provedoria is in total violation of the law which intends to construct and destroy these historic ruins despite the Government of Goa declaring the ruin a site of Historic and Aesthetic importance under the Goa Town & Country Planning Act 1974 in December 2020.
The site has social, cultural and heritage value. The old complex, especially carved facade is a rich example of Goan Mannerist architecture, and is an important marker to trace the evolution of Church Architecture in Goa.
The association alleged that Provedoria compound has over 35,000 square meters of land and the ruins occupy an area of about 6,000 square meters with an additional area in front of the ruins encompassed by a heritage wall.
The residents of Chimbel under the association have requested the CM, Local MLA and Sarpanch to protect this historical site while carrying out any new developments on the site sensitively which would be a win-win situation for all.